Camille Thomas – Voice Of Hope (2020) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Camille Thomas – Voice Of Hope (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:21 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

“Beauty will save the world,” wrote Dostoyevsky, which is the claim that Camille Thomas makes throughout this record. Not beauty for the sake of hedonism, but a beauty that believes there is a burning line to be drawn between pain and hope. Camille Thomas’ new album illustrates this, structured like an archipelago surrounding the Cello Concerto composed by Fazil Say. Camille Thomas gave its premiere in 2018, and her album spanning the work of ten composers, allows us to travel the path from pain to hope. On the threshold, we meet three pieces: the heart-rending melody of the Kaddisch by Ravel, a sublimation of the Jewish prayer for the dead; the lamentation from Purcell’s Dido, quasi a lullaby from the queen who awaits her death, in a nakedness without pathos; and between those two works, the tender Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Gluck’s Orfeo, in which we hear the first signals of hope. The album is available today for pre-order and is accompanied by the pre-release track of Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits from his opera Orfeo ed Euridice.

This release by the young cellist Camille Thomas has a consistent tone from beginning to end: elegiac, mournful, but suggesting renewal. This will appeal to some listeners and may drive others up the wall, but set that aside and consider the ingenious way the recital is put together. Thomas subsumes quite a variety of music under her concept, from Baroque to core Italian opera to brand-new: in the latter category, a concerto by composer Fazil Say written expressly for Thomas. That work is the main attraction, and it is a remarkable cello showpiece considering that Say is known as a pianist, not a string player. Thomas also effectively uses late-Romantic exoticism, and she has some unusual transcriptions: one of Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder and Bellini’s “Casta Diva,” from Norma, perhaps wouldn’t be expected to produce good cello pieces, but they do. John Williams’ Theme from Schindler’s List makes an appearance, and it’s a reasonable representation of the whole album, consisting of quasi-tragic works that are really something else. Thomas has remarkable consistency and stamina to go with her originality, and she’s clearly a player to watch.


1. Camille Thomas – 1. Kaddisch (Transcr. For Cello And Orchestra By Richard Tognetti)
2. Camille Thomas – Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (Arr. For Cello And Strings By Mathieu Herzog)
3. Camille Thomas – “When I Am Laid In Earth” Dido’s Lamento (Arr. For Cello And Strings By Mathieu Herzog)
4. Camille Thomas – 1. Never Give Up
5. Camille Thomas – 2. Terror – Elegy
6. Camille Thomas – 3. Song Of Hope
7. Camille Thomas – 1. Adagio ma non troppo
8. Camille Thomas – 2. Un poco più animato
9. Camille Thomas – 5. Träume (Arr. For Cello And Orchestra By Mathieu Herzog)
10. Camille Thomas – 4. Songs My Mother Taught Me (Adapt. For Cello And Orchestra)
11. Camille Thomas – Theme From “Schindler’s List” (Adapt. For Cello And Orchestra)
12. Camille Thomas – “Pourquoi me réveiller” (Adapt. For Cello And Orchestra)
13. Camille Thomas – “Una furtiva lagrima” (Adapt. For Cello And Orchestra)
14. Camille Thomas – “Casta Diva” (Arr. For Cello And Orchestra By Mathieu Herzog)
15. Camille Thomas – “Dalla sua pace” (Adapt. For Cello And Orchestra)
16. Camille Thomas – “Va, pensiero” (Arr. For Cello And Orchestra By Mathieu Herzog)