Tina Guo Performing Works by the Cullens

Last month one of my favourite cellists did me the enormous honour of recording a couple of compositions by my husband and me for fun. The cellist was none other than Tina Guo. For those who haven’t come across her, she is a multi-genre cellist and composer. With her effortless technique and intense musicality she is equally well established in the classical, film music and rock/ pop arenas. As a classical soloist Tina has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the State of Mexico National Symphony, the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Bari Symphony in Italy, the Petrobras Symphony and the Barra Mansa Symphony in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia. In non-classical, crossover and media music settings she has performed in a solo capacity alongside Hans Zimmer for the premier of his Inception score, performed and recorded as a featured guest with the Jazz/Fusion Miles Evans Band, performed at the Grammy’s with the Foo Fighters, at the MTV Movie Awards, American Idol,  at Comic Con in San Diego featured on the electric cello in the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra, and with Brazilian guitarist Victor Biglione in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janiero. Tina is currently the featured soloist on the electric cello in Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour, an international all-arena tour spanning from 2012-2014 and currently the highest grossing tour in North America.

The two pieces recorded were ‘Sakura’ and ‘Better Tomorrow’ – both for cello and piano. Since Tina is currently on tour and living in hotels, she has a very basic (but effective) recording set-up, and her ‘practice cello’ – a student instrument which can be thrown about in the gear truck. Without access to a piano or pianist, I sent her my piano tracks from the original recordings. In spite of the technical limitations, the results are pretty magnificent!

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Better Tomorrow (Cello and Piano): Recording and Sheet Music

Better Tomorrow is a slow, wistful and lyrical piece for cello and piano. Suitable for higher intermediate cellists.Phrasing and tone are the main challenges in this piece.

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Sakura (Cello and Piano): Recording and Sheet Music

Sakura (Japanese for cherry blossom) is a composition inspired by oriental styles, but ultimately rooted in western music traditions. It is slow and lyrical, exploiting three octaves of the cello’s range from G3 – G6.

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The Tower (Cello Quintet): Recording and Sheet Music

The Tower: a composition from the album Metamorphosis.

The level of difficulty for each part is as follows:

Cello 1: Higher intermediate (main technical challenge: sustained melodic lines in the higher register of the cello up to F5; some tricky position changes)

Cello 2: Intermediate (up to sixth position; some solo content)

Cello 3: Intermediate (up to sixth position)

Cello 4: Easy – intermediate (main challenge: tremolo)

Cello 5: Easy – intermediate (main challenge: tremolo)

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Black Heart (Cello Quintet): Recording and Sheet Music

Black Heart: a composition from the album Metamorphosis.

The level of difficulty for each part is as follows:

Cello 1: Advanced (main technical challenge: sustained melodic lines in the higher register of the cello up to E5)

Cello 2: Advanced (main technical challenge: cello two serves as a descant part and plays sustained lines in the high register up to A5)

Cello 3: Intermediate (mid range up to sixth position)

Cello 4: Easy

Cello 5: Easy

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When you have completed your purchase you’ll receive an email with a username and password and URL to access the PDF download. This will be sent within 12 hours of your transaction.

© D C Cello Studio 2011