Thomas Hampson is featured as the narrator on a new Atlantic Crossing Records release titled “The Cellist of Venice.”
The album, which also highlights the talents of cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and writer Kim Maerkl, combines a story about a young musician growing up in Italy with selections from J. S. Bach’s Cello Suites. It is featured as part of Atlantic Crossing’s ‘The Art of Stories and Music’ series.
“This curiously affecting work combines a very sad story by composer, writer and clarinetist Kim Maerkl about a boy and his cello with a lovely ending, illustrated by movements from Bach’s six Cello Suites, read by Thomas Hampson. The story takes place in 1725 Venice, about when Bach was writing the Suites, but has no other connection; instead, the story follows the life of a foundling who grows up in an orphanage slash music school, and one day is given the opportunity to perform in a Venetian Palace. Strongly suggested for listening to with the children at whom this aimed, for many of whom it could well be a game-changer in terms of getting them hooked on the cello or Bach or classical music. Beware, however, of the strong emotional impact Bach’s music could have in this sentimental tale, on children and adults.” (Laurence Vittes, The Huffington Post)