SOUL OF THE CELLO
Propelling "Soul of the Cello" are narratives
escorting the listener through Friesen's blend of familiar and adventurous
music. Like a master chef, Eugene offers an exotic and varied musical
menu - invention, virtuosity, insight, lyricism - served with tangible
love, humor and warmth.
"Friesen shows the kind of playing that
makes him such a solid soloist. His tone is rich and his melodic
phrasing is well formed. His presentation of a musical thought is
never overstated, but it is never lacking, either."
- The Pittsburgh Press
"Friesen is a cellist of perfection, a player
with technique in abundance who keeps it in check. Playing with
delicacy, intimacy and depth, he's got chops, but places the music
- Option Music Alternative
"The concert was stunning, you are so spiritually
close to the cello, so that the "soul of the cello" is certainly
the right title for the concert. People were mesmerized. We have
had glowing feed-back ..."
Suzanne & Brayton, concert promoters, Massachusetts
"Friesen is a superior performer able to synthesize
a vast array of influences and ideas into an entertaining, musically
- Tower Pulse
"Our son is in the sixth grade and chose
last fall to begin playing cello. I was a little concerned, since
he is a small-scale person and a cello is really something to lug
around, but he was insistent. We took him to your concert at the
Lawrence Arts Center last fall. I'm ashamed to say I had never heard
of you before, but we were all blown away by your performance. Anyway,
we bought "In the Shade of Angels" and our son has played it almost
every night. It surfaced outside his room today, so I swiped it
and played "Dances of Rasputin" over and over on the way to work.
Very very cool. You're an inspiration in many ways--thanks."
- Anne, Lawrence, KS