We continue the Prussia royal connection, as Mendelssohn composed his D major Sonata for his brother Paul in 1843, as he was leaving the King’s employ. The Wallfisch-York Duo has been responsible for reviving interest in Rebecca Clarke’s 1923 Rhapsody, possibly her finest work. It was commissioned by the great arts patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, in whose memory Poulenc dedicated his Flute Sonata.
Kristiana Ignatjeva cello*
8:00pm, Thursday 8 August 2019
A £24 B £16 RV Allocated Seating
Beethoven Cello Sonata No.1 in F major, Op.5 No.1 23½’
Barrière Sonata No.10 in G major for two cellos* 9¼’
Martinů Seven Arabesques for cello and piano ‘études rythmiques’ 15¾’
Clarke Rhapsody for cello and piano 24½’
Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No.2 in D major, Op.58 25½’
Born into a family of distinguished musicians,Raphael Wallfisch studied in London with Amaryllis Fleming, Amadeo Baldovino and Derek Simpson and with Gregor Piatigorsky in California. At the age of 24 he won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Florence.
John York’s 40-year career has taken him around the world, the majority of his work being with Raphael Wallfisch, the various ensembles which bore his name (two trios and a quartet) and in the York2 piano duo.
Latvian Kristiana Ignatjeva studied at the Purcell School with Robert Cohen and is now is at the RCM with Melissa Phelps, having obtained degrees with distinction in Master of Performance and Bachelor of Music. Last season she gave concerto performances with the London Mozart Players, Essex Symphony Orchestra and Nottingham Symphony Orchestra.