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Steven Isserlis


Friday 12 May 7.30pm

St Andrew’s Hall

Steven Isserlis holds a cello and looks forlornly downwards

© Jean Baptiste Millot

Steven Isserlis Cello

Bach Solo Cello Suite no.1
Kurtag In memoriam Ferenc Wilheim; Pilinszky Janos: Gerard de Nerval
Bach Solo Cello Suite no.5
Kurtag Az Hit
Bach Solo Cello Suite no.6

Bach’s solo cello suites need no introduction. For Steven Isserlis, they are ‘works of such total perfection, such sublimity, that it is well-nigh impossible to feel ready for them’. Ten years on from his landmark recording of the Suites, Isserlis has made them his own, finding an immersive narrative arc that takes the listener on a compelling musical journey. They are interleaved here with Kurtag’s own solo cello miniatures, whose startling modernity and fragmented landscapes throw these elegant masterpieces into sharp relief.

Performance runs: c. 1 hr 55 mins (including interval)

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