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Matthew Barley

  • Cellist


Matthew Barley reviews

“… his virtuoso control at all dynamic levels just has
to be heard to be believed…”

International Record Review

“I wish more people would think about music the way
Matthew Barley does”

The Times (London)

“Stunning cello - words cannot do justice to the
strength and effect of his playing”

Capital Times (New Zealand)

“This was brilliant playing, fully in baroque style,
announcing to all that here was a cellist to reckon with.”

Dominion Post (New Zealand)

Arrangements of great classical music by Matthew Barley for multiple cellos, multi-tracked by Barley

“…truly sublime… Barley’s brilliantly inventive approach - not to mention his sheer technical flair - makes this disc well worth a listen.” Catherine Nelson, The Strad, December 2003

“…playing and the recording are both excellent….brilliantly conceived for the medium.” Duncan Druce, Gramophone, September 2003

“A disc of immense dignity and communication. Technical matters of synchronization and ambience are dealt with so successfully that the listener can disregard them, concentrating instead on the moving way these offerings are delivered…Purcell’s Dido’s Lament and a stunning version of Stanford’s The Bluebird are among other features, and this remarkable release ends with the searing simplicity of Pablo Casals’ favourite encore, the Song of the Birds.” Chris Morley, Birmingham Post, 27 September 2003


  • Henry Purcell (Dido’s Lament)
  • Georges Bizet Romance from The Pearl Fishers
  • JS Bach Jesu, Meine Freude
  • Corpus Christi Carol (read by Dame Judi Dench)
  • Arvo Pärt Fratres for 4 cellos
  • Gregorio Allegri Miserere mei, deus
  • Charles Stanford Bluebird
  • Stravinsky Apotheosis from Apollon Musagette
  • Trad. Song of the Birds

Reminding Quartz QTZ 2032 (2005)

“Barley plays with such extraordinary concentration and devotion…this will reward the inquisitive collector many times over.” Julian Haylock, International Record Review, December 2005

“…a fascinating journey through the recent cello music of Russia and the former Soviet Union…this is an excellent recital, quirky and stunningly well played.” Warwick Thompson, Metro, 24 October 2005

With Stephen de Pledge, piano, music from the late Soviet era. Includes:

  • Schnittke sonata no. 1,
  • Arvo Pärt Fratres (cello and piano)
  • Kanchelli With a Smile for Slava
  • Kuulberg Meenutus
  • Shostakovich Suite from Cheremushki (arr. Barley)


Extraordinary Improvisations
FMR Records FMRCD234-0707