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Classical new release: 'Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Inspiration'

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason isn't even 20 years old yet, and he's already been called "the hottest young classical musician on the planet" by Classic FM. Sheku (he goes by his first name) won the BBC Young Musician Award in 2016 and has just released his first album on Decca Classics, called "Inspiration."

The album features Sheku playing a variety of music. The centerpiece is the Cello Concerto no. 1 of Dmitri Shostakovich, the piece he played to win the BBCYM award. He also includes popular pieces for cello like Saint-Saens's "The Swan" and Pablo Casals's "Sardana." Arrangements of popular songs including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" round out the album

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.