30 January 2020: Raphael Wallfisch plays Haydn and Tchaikovsky with the London Mozart Players/Simon Blendis at St John’s Smith Square
London Mozart Players
Raphael Wallfisch cello
Simon Blendis director
Haydn Symphony No.96 in D major, Hob.I:96 ‘Miracle’
Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33
Mozart Symphony No. 38 in D major, K.504 ‘Prague’
Virtuoso cellist Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage today, joins the London Mozart Players for an evening of sublime genre-spanning music that showcases two masterpieces of the cello repertoire.
Symphonies by the giants of the Classical era Haydn (‘Miracle’) and Mozart (‘Prague’) bookend great works for the cello by two titans of Romanticism, Schumann and Tchaikovsky. Schumann’s cello concerto boasts plenty of passionate melodies that soar against an unobtrusive orchestral accompaniment, particularly in the second movement with its passionate double-stopped surge – a golden moment in any cellist’s repertory. The Rococo Variations are the closest Tchaikovsky came to writing a cello concerto. Inspired by Mozart, whom he revered above all, Tchaikovsky dazzles with his virtuosic cello-writing which will take soloist Raphael Wallfisch on a beguiling journey through duets, cadenzas, cantabiles, waltzes, run and trills to an invigorating conclusion.
With concert appearances around the world, Wallfisch is at the height of his powers with a masterful technique and a soaring, singing sound that evokes a tradition continued from his teacher, Piatigorsky.
‘Wallfisch gives the finest account on cello I’ve ever heard.’ The Strad
To book tickets: https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/london-mozart-players-21
Tasmin Little – New CD release on Chandos Records
Continuing their series of orchestral works by Sir Eugene Goossens, Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra turn to the Phantasy Concerto for Violin and the Second Symphony.
Goossens was born in London in 1893, into a family of Belgian conductors and musicians. The Phantasy Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was originally promised to Heifetz, who never performed it. Having returned to London, Goossens gave the work’s premiere in a BBC broadcast in July 1959, and this was followed by a Proms performance in 1960; on both occasions the soloist was Tessa Robbins.
Sir Andrew Davis and his Melbourne forces perform these rarely heard works with care and finesse, and Tasmin Little shines as the soloist in the Phantasy Concerto. The album is recorded in Surround Sound.