Friday, 5 October 2018

7.30pm, Kelso Old Parish Church, TD5 7BH

Raphael Wallfisch Cello

John York Piano


Alleluia Pascha Nostrum Op. 52


Sonata in F minor Op. 120 No. 1


Kiss on Wood


Sonata in G minor

Raphael Wallfisch comes to Kelso with his accompanist for 36 years, John York. Raphael is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. He was born in London into a family of distinguished musicians, his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and his father the famous pianist Peter Wallfisch.  It was Peter Wallfisch who sourced our Steinway piano for us in 1973 and gave us the first recital on it. Raphael has a particular enthusiasm for the music of English composers.

John York is well known on five continents as a musician of personality and compelling enthusiasm in a wide range of pianistic and pedagogic activities.

Appendix: Raphael’s mother Anita Lasker Wallfisch is well known for her survival of Auschwitz.  For your interest I have added links to a remarkable interview she gave about her life and to a moving address on the subject that she gave recently to the Reichstag which was prefaced by Raphael and John York playing Bloch.

Wallfisch gives the finest account on cello I’ve ever heard… Wallfisch delivers a beautiful adagio and York voices every line with superb clarity and coherence, so crucial in this turbulent work…”
BBC Music Magazine, September 2016
There was no lack of personality about Raphael Wallfisch’s commanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello concerto. Wallfisch clearly had the LPO leader on side in a reading that eschewed the stereotype of Jacqueline du Pré ’s impassioned approach to the work in favour of something more meditative, though never disengaged. The famous Adagio was mellow and songful without undue recourse to pathos. The finale began with crisp and spry intent from the orchestra, and Wallfisch sustained his line with ever more urgent expression, flowing naturally into a heartfelt but not heart-on-sleeve cadenza (Royal Festival Hall, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä)
The Strad, February 2017

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