A MUSICAL FRIENDSHIP ON CELLO AND PIANO
Two friends, both leading lights of the chamber music world, unite to bring a cosmopolitan programme to the clear and spacious acoustic of the cathedral. One of today’s most sought-after chamber pianists, Alasdair Beatson has been described as ‘artistry incarnate’ (Sunday Times). He is equally matched in his sensitive and insightful playing by Philip Higham, Principal Cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a highly regarded soloist in his own right. Their programme closes with an arrangement of Schumann’s Violin Sonata No.2 in D Minor, Op.121, which was first performed in 1853 by Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim at the concert that began the pair’s long-term creative friendship. Friedrich Grützmacher’s arrangement for cello and piano allows Alasdair and Philip to present the work as part of their own musical collaboration.
Mendelssohn Sonata in B flat, Op.45
Suk Ballade and Serenade, Op.3
Martinů Sonata No.3 H.340
Schumann Violin Sonata, Op.121 No.2