Poet and composer Micha Hamel referred to the cello as the ‘herald of melancholy’. This couldn’t be more apt for this year’s programme in which the cello ‘borrows’ from the repertoire of singers, pianists, string quartets and violas.
Schubert’s Winterreise is about coming to terms with unrequited love and could equally well be performed without lyrics, because the notes alone are so expressive.
Tchaikovsky rearranged both ‘Nocturne’ for piano and ‘Andante Cantabile’ from his String Quartet No. 1 for solo cello and strings. He too sensed that even a singularly beautiful melody gained an extra dimension when played on cello. Jan-Ype Nota will be accompanied by the wonderful Haydn Jeugd Strijkorkest.
Shostakovich finished his last composition, the Sonata for Viola and Piano, shortly before his death in 1975. His solitude as the end approaches is audible and heart-wrenching.
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