Liszt, Dohnányi & Kodály Music for Cello & Piano
RAPHAEL WALLFISCH is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. Raphael has recorded nearly every major work for his instrument. His extensive discography explores both the mainstream concerto repertoire and countless lesser-known works. He has recorded a wide range of British cello concertos, including works by MacMillan, Finzi, Delius, Bax, Bliss, Britten, Moeran, Walton and Kenneth Leighton. Britain's leading composers have worked closely with Raphael, many having written works especially for him including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, John Metcalf, Paul Patterson, Robert Simpson, Robert Saxton, Roger Smalley, Giles Swayne, John Tavener and Adrian Williams.
JOHN YORK. Following studies in London, Paris (where he won the International Debussy Prize) and Vienna, John York’s career has taken him around the world, the majority of his work being with cellist Raphael Wallfisch and York2 piano duo. Before these duos became established, some 25 years ago, he had played concertos with such orchestras as the London Mozart Players and the LPO, founded the successful York Piano Trio and Piano Quartet and accompanied a list of illustrious performers in the UK, Canada, Australia, the USA and many other countries. He was, for 33 years, Professor at the Guildhall and, for 20 years, Senior Music Head at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, a position from which he has only just retired.
“A most successful set with some excellent performances of which the Kodály sonata is the absolute pick.” Jonathan Woolf, musicweb-international.com
'With playing of such impeccable technical sophistication and richness of expressivity, the partnership of Wallfisch and York brings just as much to these works as do the Hungarians Miklos Perenyi and Denes Varjon. It need hardly be added that the Nimbus engineering is hugely impressive, too, bringing a seductive aural sheen to the playing of Wallfisch and York, which the harsh, boxy Hungaroton recording of Perenyi and Varjon can never hope to match. It is worth adding that their set does contain one of the most arresting and brilliant versions of the Kodaly solo cello sonata you'll ever hear.' Michael Jameson, Internation Record Review June 2013
'Fine recorded sound surrounds the exceptional playing with just the right amount of resonance.' Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine July 2013