CBSO viola principal Christopher Yates and pianist John Wilson (he was to work hard throughout the evening) opened with a loving account of Schubert's gorgeous Arpeggione
Sonata, joined next by the warm tones, floatingly phrased, of mezzo-soprano Yvonne Howard for Brahms' Two Songs for mezzo, viola and piano.
Schubert's well-known and fiendishly difficult Arpeggione
Sonata was finely played.
Listen, the groundbreaking recording, also with O'Riley, which saw Herrmann, Janacek and Stravinsky come together with Radiohead, the Cocteau Twins and John McLaughlin; and an all-Schubert album featuring the Arpeggione
Sonata and the Cello Quintet.
Evan Jones writes an informative essay on coherence in the "Arpeggione
" Sonata, D.
132, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Mahler's Third Symphony, Schubert's "Arpeggione
" Sonata, Mozart's Piano Sonata in D Major, Schubert's works in general, Chopin's Fourth Ballade, Beethoven's Second and Eighth Symphonies, and select sonata form movements composed in A major during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Sonata, written for a now-extinct instrument, is an absolute gem.
Schubert's Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (Arpeggione
) and Rachmaninoff's Sonata in G for cello and piano are performed by these acclaimed performers.
The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven's Seven Variations on a Theme From Mozart's ``The Magic Flute,'' Alexander Tcherepnin's songs and dances, Franz Schubert's Arpeggione
Sonata and other pieces.
Female Artist of the Year: Marin Alsop Male Artist of the Year: Bryn Terfel Album of the Year: Katherine Jenkins - Second Nature Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year: The Sixteen/Harry Christophers - Renaissance Contemporary Music Award: John Adams - On The Transmigration of Soul & Road Movies Soundtrack Composer Award: John Williams - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/The Terminal Young British Classical Performer: Natalie Clein - Brahms: Cello Sonatas nos 1 & 2/Schubert: Arpeggione
Sonata Critics' Award: Stephen Hough/Dallas SO/Andrew Litton - Rachmaninov/ Piano Concertos Outstanding Contribution to Music: Sir James Galway
Sonata is a staple of the cello repertoire and was a delight, but it was in two more complex pieces that Wallfisch and York excelled.