Award winning recording of A. Panufnik’s Cello Concerto

“Cellist Raphael Wallfisch’s impeccable control over the long, sustained notes, lends the music a tense, grim and implacable atmosphere.” Classical Music Sentinel

 

“Raphael Wallfisch captures the work’s fervour and inner passions with complete conviction… Displaying complete control of Panufnik’s score cellist Raphael Wallfisch is a persuasive interpreter and plays beautifully.” MusicWeb International

 

“Raphael Wallfisch renders the solo cello part with grace and intensity” Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

 

”The cello concerto, composed for Mstislav Rostropovich in the last year of Panufnik’s life and premiered posthumously, has a gentle, elegiac tone that dips back into the organic language of J.S. Bach, in a manner reminiscent of Alban Berg’s violin concerto. Raphael Wallfisch luxuriates in its textural depths.” Norman Lebrecht

 

“Raphael Wallfisch is fully in command of solo writing as conceived for (and not always ideally executed by) Mstislav Rostropovich.” International Record Review

 

Wallfisch receives ICMA Award 2015

Raphael Wallfisch receives a 2015 International Classical Music Award for his recording of Andrzej Panufnik’s Cello Concerto! His co-partners are Lukasz Borowicz, conductor, and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

 

”The cello concerto, composed for Mstislav Rostropovich in the last year of Panufnik’s life and premiered posthumously, has a gentle, elegiac tone that dips back into the organic language of J.S. Bach, in a manner reminiscent of Alban Berg’s violin concerto. Raphael Wallfisch luxuriates in its textural depths.” Norman Lebrecht

 

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20th Century Works for Cello and Strings

… this is a useful and varied collection. There is no doubting Raphael Wallfisch’s commitment to this music, and his sonorous, focused playing makes the most of Lutoslawski’s intense accelerando and Hindemith’s concentrated mourning.

Maconchy’s Epyllion is a powerful work, and it’s powerfully played … the melodic lines are passionate and indefinably English in their modal contours … There’s also an English accent in Patterson’s Cello Concerto, with passion in the rich and interweaving lines of the opening slow movement, before a long cadenza leads to the virtuosic dance finale, which finds all players on their mettle. After that, the Jewish inflections of Kopytman’s Kaddish come from a different world, one which Wallfisch also inhabits with complete assurance.

Martin Cotton – BBC Music Magazine

… for anyone interested in an anthology of “20th Century Works for Cello and Strings” it is self-recommending … Wallfisch plays expressively throughout and the accompaniments sound well prepared.

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