Another world premiere recording!

Roger Sacheverell Coke
Cello Sonatas
Raphael Wallfisch Simon Callaghan
Thanks to the tireless advocacy of the pianist Simon Callaghan, the music of the Derbyshire-born Roger Sacheverell Coke has started to emerge from the obscurity in which it has languished since the composer’s death in 1972. Despite showing considerable early promise, Coke remained an outsider in British musical life. Following studies at Eton (until 1931), he took private lessons with Mabel Lander (piano) and Alan Bush (composition) rather than attending university or music college.
Coke credited Bush for helping him to find his musical voice, and cited Arnold Bax as a major influence, but his musical sympathies also extended to Bruckner, Mahler and Rachmaninoff at a time when all three were deeply unfashionable among musical cognoscenti. The three cello sonatas featuring on this disc frame the years 1936 to 1941, a very productive period in Coke’s life. It is a measure of Coke’s confidence in the cello sonatas that he programmed them all in a single concert at the Wigmore in London on 6 October 1951, with the cellist Sela Trau, and invited critics from several of the major broadsheets.

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Trio Shaham, Erez, Wallfisch
Beethoven Piano Trios Vol. 1

Trio Shaham, Erez, Wallfisch was founded in 2009 and comprises three of the finest international instrumentalists performing today. Playing chamber music together at the Pablo Casals Prades Festival Hagai Shaham and Raphael Wallfisch recognised an immediate musical synergy. Arnon Erez joined them for trio concerts in Lucerne and the Netherlands later that year and the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was established. Since its formation, the Trio has been invited numerous times to prestigious chamber music series at venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam De Doellen, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. The trio often appears in Spain, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel and Canada. The trio has been invited by the Wigmore Hall to present the complete Beethoven piano trios in 2020.

The monumental ‘Archduke’ Trio Op.97 represents Beethoven at the peak of his creativity in the genre. Sketches for all four movements of this ‘symphony scored for a trio’ are included in a sketch book of 1810 containing also drafts for the Egmont music and the String Quartet in F minor Op.95. The manuscript score was written out between 3 and 26 March 1811. Three years elapsed before the work’s public premiere, by Beethoven, Schuppanzigh and Linke, on 11 April 1814 as part of a charity concert in the hall of the ‘Hotel zum Römischen Kaiser’ in Vienna. Inspired by the sinfonie concertante for two or more soloists and orchestra, Beethoven transports the piano trio into an orchestral context with his Triple Concerto in C major Op.56. His choice of this particular solo combination was unprecedented in the literature and, in his words, ‘really something new’.

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New release of Brahms Cello Sonatas with John York, celebrating a 37-year musical partnership

Raphael Wallfisch and John York
Brahms Cello Sonatas

Raphael Wallfisch and John York share a 37 year musical collaboration as a duo and these extraordinary musicians continue to expand their repertoire in the Nimbus catalogue with their new release of Brahms Cello Sonatas NI5972. Part of a two CD project presenting Brahms Sonatas, this disc features Sonatensatz and Five Sonatas for Cello and Piano, whilst the second CD to be released in July 2019 will include the Clarinet sonatas and the first violin sonatas.

We are not attempting to reproduce the original work with the necessary pitch changes because such treatment would simply be arrogant and pointless. I hope, listeners can agree that the two clarinet sonatas and the G major violin sonata lose nothing in these traditions and even gain a great deal of new and perhaps unexpected depth and character” John York