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Richard Tunnicliffe

Richard Tunnicliffe

Cellist and viol-player Richard Tunnicliffe has enjoyed a long and varied career at the forefront of Britain's thriving period-instrument movement.



Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

Corelli: Opus 2 & 4: Chamber Sonatas
Corelli: Opus 2 & 4: Chamber Sonatas
This marks the third recording in The Avison Ensemble's complete Corelli chamber music series. 

CKD 413  

Arcangelo Corelli: Opus 5: Violin Sonatas
Arcangelo Corelli: Opus 5: Violin Sonatas
The second in the series in which The Avison Ensemble will record Corelli's complete chamber music. 

CKD 412  

Arcangelo Corelli Opus 6: Concerti Grossi
Arcangelo Corelli Opus 6: Concerti Grossi
The first recording in the Avison Ensemble's collection to celebrate the chamber music of Corelli. 

CKD 411  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

J.S. Bach Cello Suites
J.S. Bach Cello Suites
The debut solo recording from acclaimed cellist Richard Tunnicliffe. 

CKD 396  

Vivaldi: Concerti Opus 8
Vivaldi: Concerti Opus 8
The Avison Ensemble presents an insightful performance that is brimming with energy. 

CKD 365  

Handel Concerti Grossi Opus 6
Handel Concerti Grossi Opus 6
The period ensemble give a fresh and insightful performance of Handel's masterpiece 

CKD 362  

Richard Tunnicliffe - cello

Richard Tunnicliffe has enjoyed a long and varied career at the forefront of Britain's thriving period-instrument movement, combining this with a lively involvement in 'modern' performance.

He is principal cello with The Avison Ensemble and is regularly invited to be principal/continuo cello or viola da gamba soloist with major orchestras. These have included The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio S.O., City of Birmingham S.O., English National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, and under conductors such as Haitink, Rattle, Iván Fischer, Mackerras and Elder.

He is a member of the renowned viol consort Fretwork, known worldwide for their innovative programmes. Their recording of Purcell's Fantasias (Harmonia Mundi USA) received a Gramophone award in 2009. They regularly tour in the USA and Europe, and their most recent recording, a new arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations (also for H.M.U.) was released to critical acclaim.

Richard is regularly heard as soloist and chamber musician, and his performances of Bach's Six Cello Suites (Linn) have been admired in many countries, in venues such as London's Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Berlin's Schauspielhaus, and the Warsaw Philharmonie. He currently teaches Baroque and Classical cello at the Royal College of Music, London, and at CEMPR, Birmingham University.

 

Richard Tunnicliffe talks Bach
25 March 2013
live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune'
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Richard Tunnicliffe album launch
15 March 2012
at London's Purcell Room
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MusicWeb International
'Thoroughly engaging, demonstrating mastery of the instrument and of the chosen repertoire.'
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All Music Guide
'...the virtues of the Avison group are once again on full display here; the players achieve a sparkling liveliness...it's beautifully done...'
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Early Music Review
'This is very much the thinking man or women's Bach.'
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Fidelity
' it is so beautiful, so beautiful and an almost meditative performance'
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The Independent
Online Mention: 'The best music of 2012: Classical'


MusicWeb International
'Now here's a splendid performance from Richard Tunnicliffe that is certainly worthy of very close scrutiny indeed'.
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ResMusica
'...ravira les « intellectuels » souhaitant pouvoir observer clairement les arcanes d’une architecture dont la beauté repose dans une perfection sans fioriture inutile.'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'To this listener, the whole experience is also an adventurous one, exacerbated by the rhythmical jest and uplifting moments by Tunnicliffe's skilled crafts and virtuosity.'
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The Strad
'These are weighty interpretations with a broad harmonic sweep.'
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International Record Review
‘[Tunnicliffe] illuminates these masterpieces with [a] kind of lightly worn elegance and refreshing sobriety…highly recommended.’
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The Independent on Sunday
5 Stars
'Tunnicliffe's sound is generous and finely grained, the faster dances sharply pointed, the sarabandes dark pools of metreless beauty.'
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Gramophone
'For those who like their Bach honest and unrefined, this is probably the most appealing recording of these pieces...'
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
‘These recordings have authority, character and a truly distinctive sound fabulously recorded by Linn.’
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Pizzicato
Astonishing review from Pizzicato
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Allmusic
'...Tunnicliffe should be appreciated for his artistry and given a thorough hearing'.
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Birmingham Post
'A lovely double-CD set...'
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The Sunday Times
'His degree of interpretative intervention gauged beautifully...'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
‘Tunnicliffe’s performances are simply magnificent.’
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MusicWeb International
'...this new recording is a fine addition to the list of distinguished recordings of these Cello Suites.'
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Music and Words
4 Stars
‘…an evocation of the natural, unadorned, almost sombre beauty he elicits in his Bach.’
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