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Gottinger Tagelatt, Michael Schaefer
Artist & Project Management
'It is always a joy to witness an artist with this kind of life-spark, one who really connects with the music, with her instrument, with listeners. The audience's response to her was thunderous.'
John Sutherland, Seattle Times
Windsor Festival International String Competition, 23 - 29 March 2019
'For me, the Arcadia Quartet is – at least concerning Janáček – the cutting edge currently among European interpreters……Outstanding!'
Rainer Ascheneimer, November 2013
Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch
“… utterly moving, as a result of a truly great modesty which cannot be replaced by simplicity or unpretentiousness; a modesty without any sentimentality. The musicians know, with minute precision, how to guard the boundary between the intimacy of chamber music and the sweeping grandeur of a large-scale concert, only achievable by artists whose capacities and experience are on an equally high level.”
Raphael Wallfisch and John York
“… 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
”No living cellist has done more to promote the British cello concerto than Raphael Wallfisch…"
...one of the most prolific and well-known clarinet soloists of the past quarter century
The Clarinet, America
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Piers Lane, Piano
“London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane added a superb mixture of poetry and drama to his crystalline pianism, Davis ensuring that the orchestra delivered the music’s often ebullient sophistication lightly. An encore of Beethoven refracted through the lens of Dudley Moore provided cheeky wit.” ★★★★ Tony Way, The Age, November 24th 2019
Review: Raphael Wallfisch plays Weinberg’s Oeuvre for the Cello: An Astounding CD!
Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 26th May 2020
Cello Concerto Op. 43, Fantasy for cello and orchestra Op. 52, Concertino for cello and orchestra Op. 43bis
Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lukasz Borowicz
CPO 555 234
I think – no, I’m actually certain that Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Cello Concerto is one of his best-known works. Weinberg composed it in 1948 and dedicated it to Mstislav Rostropovich, who also premiered it in 1957. And that was not all: Rostropovich was so convinced of the high quality of the composition that he included the concerto in his repertoire. As he brought the concerto with him to both live performances and recording studios, it is adequately documented indeed.
However, the history behind this work is more complicated than we (or I, in any case) thought. In short: it started with a Concertino for cello and orchestra that remained on the shelf until Rostropovich caught sight of it and more than liked it, which resulted in Weinberg rewriting it to transform it into a real concerto.
You can read all this in the liner notes accompanying Raphael Wallfisch’s new recording of the Cello Concerto. This booklet alone is reason enough to purchase the CD. Moreover, the CD also includes the original Concertino (which now has now been given the number Opus 43bis)! Its first performance dates back only three years ago and, as far as I know, this is its first recoding. What a treat to be able to listen to both ‘versions’ side by side!
And then there is the beautiful, melancholic Fantasy for cello and orchestra. Weinberg composed it in the winter of 1952/53 and the premiere took place on 23 November 1953 – albeit without an orchestra. It was performed by Daniil Shafran (cello) accompanied by Nina Musinyan (piano). The piece lasts only 17 minutes: long enough for a range of emotions to pass by.
The performance by Raphael Wallfisch is unparalleled. The Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Lukasz Borowicz has also done a splendid job. A gem!
Pianist, Piers Lane, joins the roster of O’Carroll Artist & Project Management
Posted By: Sinead O'Carroll, 19th May 2020
We are delighted to welcome pianist, Piers Lane, to the roster of O’Carroll Artist & Project Management. Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds ninety works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras including the BBC and ABC orchestras; the American, Bournemouth and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, City of London Sinfonia, and the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic orchestras among many others. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Andrey Boreyko, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrew Litton, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marko Letonja, Vassily Sinaisky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Antoni Wit.
Recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and several sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall. Piers Lane has recently been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.
Piers has recorded over sixty CDs on major labels, primarily with Hyperion Records. Awaiting release are another Piers Goes to Town recital disc, concertos by Ferdinand Ries, and a sonata disc with violinist Tasmin Little. Recent releases include concertos by the Australians Alfred Hill and George Boyle, a Franck, Faure and Szymanowski disc with Tasmin Little and works by Borodin, the ninth disc he has recorded with the Goldner String Quartet.
Many composers have written for him and he has premiered works by Brett Dean, Dave Heath, Colin Matthews, Richard Mills, Carl Vine, Benjamin Wallfisch and Malcolm Williamson.