This wonderful cello duo – succinctly named 2Cellos – returned to London in December for a rare UK appearance, and what a joy it was to get another chance to hear them.
The evening started tenderly, with classical pieces such as Gabriel’s Oboe (The Mission) before the rock covers began. A backing track was used in some of the early songs which was less effective than a live ensemble would have been but the musicians, Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, were totally expressive nonetheless, so evidently putting their heart and soul into the music.
But the highlights came when it was just the two of them – or them plus an adrenaline-fulled drummer.
Peter Gabriel’s The Book Of Love and U2’s Without Or Without You were both particularly fuelled with emotion and it was absolutely captivating to see these two young men pouring feeling into their instruments.
Whereas the party started with a series of rock classics, including plenty of AC/DC: You Shook Me All Night Long, Back In Black, Highway To Hell, Thunderstruck. Who knew cellos were basically just better guitars…
To the uninitiated, the thought of two cellists plus one drummer playing these songs must be almost laughable but it is a simple formula that works and really got the whole venue on its feet.
Throughout the gig – with both the simpler ballads and the furiously fast-paced anthems – the players’ virtuosity shines through, with some truly impressive playing that always complemented the other line. The duet ensemble playing was perfect and natural, the two parts never obstructing each other but always adding something completely different to each song.
Also adding to the joy was the humour from these two Croatians both between and during songs, especially Stjepan who was clearly having the time of his life and is obviously just generally a cheeky guy!
Right after this gig the boys announced their next UK date, at the Greenwich Music Time Festival in July. Don’t miss out on a magical live experience.
Here’s a short video I took at the gig – sorry it’s in portrait mode!