Masterworks Concert 67
Joy Lisney cello
James Lisney piano
JS Bach: Sonata in D for viola da gamba & keyboard, BWV.1028
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65
JS Bach: Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV.1004 arr. Joy Lisney for cello
Brahms: Violin Sonata No.1, Op.78 transc. in D for cello & piano
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin from one of the UK’s most exciting cello and piano duos.
When Johannes Brahms stumbled upon Bach’s Chaconne in 1877, he couldn’t believe his eyes: ‘On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind.’
Cellist Joy Lisney’s transcription of this work is a tour-de-force of instrumental ingenuity, musicianship and virtuosity.
The programme concludes with Brahms’ Regensonate in D; an intensely nostalgic work that Clara Schumann described as ‘blissful’ and ‘melancholic’ – music that she wanted to accompany her ‘at that passage from here to eternity’.
Masterworks presents the finest chamber music in performances by internationally recognised artists.
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