Raphael Wallfisch returns to Cello Unwrapped, this time with the Orchestra of the Swan for a special concert of British music, taking us from Elgar’s elegant Introduction and Allegro to the young Britten’s freshly inventive Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge. In between we encounter two rarities, Edmund Rubbra’s haunting Soliloquy and Ireland’s sonata, a darkly turbulent work illuminated anew in an arrangement for soloist and strings. Wallfisch will bring all the burnished intensity of his sound to Imogen Holst’s poignant response to a 17th century tune, The Fall of the Leaf.
‘Any more compellingly idiomatic or richly seasoned cello playing than this would be hard to contemplate.’ International Record Review
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Lovely publicity for Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch residency at Amsterdam’s perfect Concertgebouw.
In advance of his concerti with the London Mozart Players, you can catch Raphael Wallfisch next Monday on BBC Radio 3 In Tune talking about this concert and also his new, soon to be released, disc of the music of exiled Jewish composers.
Raphael Wallfisch photographed, to rapturous applause, at the end of his performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Hill at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
“Soloist Raphael Wallfisch’s performance eschewed the usual head-tossing abandon; instead it was contained, as if always holding something in reserve, and none the worse for that” Evening Standard
Raphael Wallfisch and the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Milton have been busy recording Karl Weigl’s Cello Concerto. The work, despite its composition in 1934, has never been performed.
Wallfisch’s performance will appear in a series of recordings with Classic Produktion Osnabrück (CPO) of cello music by Jewish composers who lost their voices in exile. Many of the composers to be included in the series — Weigl, Hans Gál, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Berthold Goldschmidt, Franz Reizenstein, Robert Starer, and Ernest Bloch — had a connection either to Wallfisch’s parents, who were exiles themselves, or to his teacher Gregor Piatigorsky.