Archive for November, 2010
British cellist Steven Isserlis seeks joy and beauty in everything it touches. The artist friendly, witty and completely accomplished has an eclectic repertoire that reflects his inquisitive mind. To play Bach, Britten, Dvorak and Debussy, the introspective approach improves the objectives of the composer. One of his favorite works, William Walton Cello Concerto, has all the elements that satisfy your search. The concert will express the beauty, dreamy melancholy and often surprising findings can be found in Italy, where the composer and his wife, who is dedicated, has spent his last years. A fan of jazz and blues, both Walton built this job.
When Isserlis as soloist with major orchestras in the world in one of three instruments of incalculable value, is never happier than when planning or performing in chamber music festivals. Each year, he and his close collaborators gather in a special place in Cornwall to play new works and neglected and their level of preference. A favorite of contemporary composers as John Tavener, Thomas Adès and Douglas Weiland, hastened his early works written by him whenever the opportunity arises.
Its unique, its highly acclaimed language is a product of thoughtful and – often – the use of gut strings. During his childhood, had gut strings are not that unusual. Today, the choice is simply a matter of which works best for a long, gut-specific or steel. Isserlis was born in London into a musical family that played together, it was inevitable that serious investigations ahead. After spending four years learning to play at home holistic Scottish tutor Jane Cowan, he traveled as 18 years in the United States to study in Los Angeles with the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.
His plans were quickly derailed by the sudden death cellist, unexpected. Strands, a friend heard Isserlis, Steven Doane (now professor of violin, cello at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester), which recommended its Own Alma mater, Oberlin College. It proved to be the perfect choice.
Isserlis is not only a great artist but also a clever writer of children’s books on famous composers (“Why Beethoven threw Stew” and “Why Handel shook his wig”) and three stories set to music. For now, the preparation of the main project of a photographic portrait of the 94th anniversary of his father, the story of a fruitful life spanning nearly a century.