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
Beethoven:
'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'.

Barber:
'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'.

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

Rachmaninov:
'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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