Raphael Wallfisch (cello) with Northern Chamber Orchestra at The Stoller Hall

Johnny James, Music Editor
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Raphael Wallfisch (cello) with Northern Chamber Orchestra at The Stoller Hall, 8 November 2019, from £5 - Book now

As part of the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season, Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most distinguished solo cellists of our time, will perform as part of a wonderful programme of Holst, Tchaikovsky, Weinberg and Schubert at The Stoller Hall.

Wallfisch is among the most recorded classical artists in the world. His extensive discography includes nearly every major work for his instrument. Just as prolific on the stage, he is internationally lauded for his masterful technique, remarkable attention to detail and soaring, singing tone. Regularly performing with the world’s finest orchestras, Wallfisch has, for a number of years, been President of the Northern Chamber Orchestra, with whom he presents this wonderful programme.

Kicking off the evening is Gustav Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, in which the great English composer’s wonderful string writing shines brightly. Making characterful use of folk tunes, the work begins with a darkly driven jig and ends with a spirited and challenging finale. Listen out for Greensleeves and The Dargason, which are interwoven to glorious effect in that last movement.

Operating at the height of his powers, Raphael Wallfisch’s concert at The Stoller Hall is a must for any lovers of that most beautiful instrument: the cello.

Following Holst is Tchaikovsky’s original version of the Rococo Variations, which throw down a real challenge to cellists, both musically and technically. They demand agility, beautiful centilena and a total command of every facet of the instrument. Wallfisch’s rich expression and virtuosic power promises to dazzle therein.

Up next we have an exciting UK premiere by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, performed by Wallfisch. A contemporary of Shostakovich, Weinberg’s work has slowly been gaining recognition from audiences and critics alike. His Cello Concertino is a lyrically ruminating, unexpectedly touching affair, which shows its composer to be a rediscovered 20th Century genius.

Finally, we’ll be treated to a performance of Schubert’s Symphony No 5. Bursting with light, youthful exuberance (the composer penned it at the tender age of 19), this symphony is packed full of tunes whilst offering all manner of harmonic surprises and developments. It will cap off the evening in joyous style.

Operating at the height of his powers, Raphael Wallfisch’s concert at The Stoller Hall is a must for any lovers of that most beautiful instrument: the cello.

Raphael Wallfisch (cello) with Northern Chamber Orchestra at The Stoller Hall

8 November 2019
From £5