ROSIN & Daniel Gaisford
The Utah cellists, Jessika Soli and Daniel Gaisford, known as Rosin, have impressed audiences with their charismatic performances and wonderfully varied programs of music from Telemann to Michael Jackson. Rosin is appearing on music series all over the country and creating great excitement wherever they play.
In just six months of working together, Rosin has appeared in concert 20 times in the 2015 - 16 season and will record a debut album and film several videos. Inspired by 2Cellos, Rosin is performing original transcriptions of Pop and Rock as well as Classical and Romantic repertoire written by the master cellists of the 18th and 19th centuries such as David Popper, Julius Klengel, Luigi Boccherini and Jacques Offenbach. Recording plans this season include Three Duets for Two Cellos by Friedrick August Kummer. The complete canonic sonatas of George Philipp Telemann, works by Julius Klengel and transcriptions
Hersch Cello Sonatas - CD Review - “Michael Hersch’s Sonata no.1 for unaccompanied cello is one of his earliest published works, written when he was 23, in 1994. The riveting piece, given a gripping performance by Daniel Gaisford, is included on the disc. The sonata’s profoundly solitary, rhapsodic first movement veers between yearning lyricism and agitated outbursts. The reflective second movement, a showcase for Mr. Gaisford’s rich, penetrating tone and searing musicality, ebbs and flows into the harmonically rich final movement, with its virtuoso challenges and almost brutal intensity. Mr. Gaisford, who to judge from this recording, deserves greater recognition, also offers a mesmerizing performance of Mr. Hersch’s seven-movement Sonata No. 2, composed in 2000. Mr. Gaisford plays with probing commitment in the passionate fifth movement, a whirlwind of octave leaps and rapidly ascending figurations. The stark staccato motif of the third movement is reprised in the sixth. A poignant chorale pierces the arching finale, which fades to a whisper on a low G.”
Performance at Barge Music - Brooklyn, NY “In Daniel Gaisford, Hersch has found an ideal interpreter—an ideal exponent. Gaisford is an American cellist a few years older than Hersch, and not well-known. Why this is so is a mystery—and it teaches us something about the music business. When I first heard Gaisford in Philadelphia, about a year ago, I was stunned: How could there be so good a cellist I had never heard, or even heard of? Evidently, not every master is on the covers of magazines, or the covers of CDs; some have unorthodox careers. Gaisford has a formidable technique and a formidable mind. He can make a hundred sounds: fat, thin, spiky, lyrical, rich, sickly, piercing, warm. And Hersch’s sonatas call for a great many of them. On the Barge, Gaisford played with a grave mien throughout. He gave the impression that he was not merely performing a sonata, but doing something supremely important.”