Monday, 14 September 2020

Moving intimacy in Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason’s impressive Chamber Prom - BBC Proms 2020 Live

Isata & Sheku Kanneh-Mason
© BBC/Chris Christodoulou
  Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello) 

  8pm, Friday 11 September, 2020, BBC4
  (first broadcast Sunday 6 September
  2020, BBC Radio 3, 
  recorded Thursday 27 August 2020)


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102 No. 1
Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Cello Sonata, Op. 6
Frank Bridge (1879-1941): Mélodie
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

© BBC/Chris Christodoulou
'The Kanneh-Masons enjoyed the conversational exchanges in the two movement’s slow openings, whilst giving the fast sections that follow in both cases great energy and momentum'.

'The exquisite mixture of sunlight and sadness was as transparent in his facial expression as in the passion of both performers’ rendering of Barber’s late Romantic outpourings'.

'Sheku and Isata remained in total sync, right to the perfectly timed finish'.

'The sibling closeness shone through, and despite those two huge ‘solo’ parts, they played as one'.

Read my full review on Bachtrack here.

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