Raphaela Gromes' first SONY release "Serenata Italiana"
The cellist's first recording as SONY's exclusive artist received great acclaim from the press.
Together with her duo partner Julian Riem, she plays various chamber music pieces in tribute to Italy. Please read the press reviews here:
“For her debut album, the cellist Raphaela Gromes compiled together an Italian program that is both catching and pleasing to the ears. The program invites avid discoverers to inspired indulgence. Gromes (...) presents the rarities with lighthearted ease. Perfectly accompanied by Julian Riem at the piano, she demonstrates such effortless ability that all technical difficulties are completely forgotten.”
(kulturSPIEGEL, September 2017)
“The “Intermezzo” is a showpiece for the cellist who flaunts here with a beguiling sound and consummate sense of taste. The finish makes us shake our heads in awe: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's concert paraphrase teems with ludicrous technical difficulties that Gromes overcomes with unabashed implicitness.”
(Aachener Zeitung, September 11, 2017)
“The album is direct and present; the interpretation is musical, lively and the repertoire, unusual. This CD is a true joy and one can only hope that both remain as true to themselves in the future because if so, we can expect a lot from them.”
(WDR3, September 8, 2017, Nele Freudenberger)
“... they hold the tension as if standing on tiptoe, ready for the next sprint. Riem and Gromes seem wide awake and ready to conjure up the next surprise out of the music. The CD is full of ideas and discoveries.”
(Fono Forum, November 2017, Ole Pflüger)