Cellist Superstar Luka Šulić of 2CELLOS Releases First Solo Classical Recording
Luka Šulić Announces Arrangement of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
Luka Šulić, a widely known and much-acclaimed cellist is set to release his first solo classical recording with Sony Classical.
The album, which will be available on October 25 (and is currently available for preorder) will offer the artist’s interpretation of one of the most iconic works in classical music—an ambitious attempt for a first-time recording artist.
Though the album is Šulić’s first dive into the recording world, he’s no stranger to the realm of classical music. The album comes after seven years of touring the world as part of the critically acclaimed duo 2CELLOS and marks a marked return to Šulić’s classical roots. The bold, exciting arrangement of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons will lead with “La Primavera (Spring) Op. 8 No. 1 in D major – I. Allegro,” and has been released alongside an accompanying video of Šulić performing the track from his world live premiere.
“I’ve loved Vivaldi’s Four Seasons since I was a child,” says Luka Šulić. “I’ve always wanted to play the piece on the cello and love taking on new challenges.”
According to the release, Šulić is fully anticipating to defy expectations and “shatter boundaries” with his arrangement and interpretation of the masterpiece. While hundreds of traditional recordings of The Four Seasons exist, Šulić’s is set to be the first complete version that entirely reimagines all four concertos for a cello soloist.
“Four Seasons is a very demanding piece for violin, let alone cello, so it was a long and difficult process for me,” Šulić said.
“I spent two years preparing the arrangement, little by little, piece by piece. In the end, I hope listeners will feel the same excitement I did while making this album and bringing Vivaldi’s iconic work to the cello for the first time.”
Joining Luka Šulić for the recording is the Archi dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Maestro Luigi Piovano, himself a cellist and musical director of the chamber ensemble and Rome’s renowned Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
“Throughout my career, I’m always trying to introduce new audiences to the music I love and grew up with, selecting pieces I connect with on an emotional level,” says Luka Šulić. “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is an instantly recognizable piece, making it a perfect entry point to classical music. I truly think it can make anyone fall in love with classical music and I look forward to releasing the album and performing it for audiences around the world.”
The October album release will kick off the first leg of an international tour performing his reinterpretation of The Four Seasons for audiences across the globe, with early dates set for Italy, Slovenia and Russia.