Metallicellissimo was written for Mathias Wexler in August 2001. It exploits the use of open-string left-hand pizzicato as well as quick scalar passages using perfect-fifth double stops. Appropriate as an opener or an encore, Metallicellissimo resembles a heavy metal guitar solo. Although composed for an acoustic cello/cellist, Metallicellissimo is certainly appropriate for electric cello with or without appropriate effects.
“…Wanamaker’s Metallicellissimo comes out of the energy and virtuosity of heavy metal guitar solos. It makes fearsome demands of its soloist, challenges that only seem to inspire Wexler.”
Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine
June 11, 2009