Recorded at the Music in Great Irish Houses Chamber Music Festival, Guy Johnston (cello) and Kathryn Stott (piano) perform in Hillsborough Castle, Co. Down. The castle is a Georgian mansion built in the 18th century for the Hill family, Marquesses of Downshire, who owned it until 1922 when the sixth marquis sold the mansion and its grounds to the British government. It is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Northern Ireland. Recorded in the Throne Room, the programme features Mark-Anthony Turnage's intimate pieces for cello and piano, "Sleep-On: Three Lullabies" and Benjamin Britten's Cello Sonata in C, Op. 65 which was written for the great cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, and ends with Beethoven's Cello Sonata in C, Op. 102, No 1 which was composed during the summer of 1815, dedicated to Countess Maria von Erdody and first performed by the cellist of Prince Razumovsky's quartet, Joseph Linke.
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Sleep On - Three Lullabies for Cello and Piano
Britten: Cello Sonata in C, Op. 65
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in C, Op. 102, No. 1
(Notes: Music in Great Irish Houses Chamber Music Festival is in its 41st year - the festival promotes chamber music in some of Ireland's most historic buildings. This year the festival promoted concerts in both the north and south of Ireland).