About This Event
At only 21 cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is already sought-after internationally, having won BBC Young Musician in 2016 and performed two years later to a worldwide audience of over 35 million at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
For this specially pre-recorded Proms recital he is joined by 24-year-old Isata Kanneh-Mason, the eldest of the family’s seven musical siblings, who released her first solo CD last year to great acclaim.
Continuing our 250th-anniversary celebrations of Beethoven’s birth, his C major Cello Sonata reflects the concentration of expression and form typical of his late period. By contrast, Barber’s sonata, though written in 1932, looks backwards, its drama and lyricism rooted in the Romantic era.
After Bridge’s passionate, youthful and lightly Impressionistic Mélodie comes Rachmaninov’s post-Romantic sonata, a full-blooded cornerstone of the cello/piano repertoire whose macabre scherzo movement and joyously ebullient finale contrast with a slow movement of melting bittersweet indulgence.
It will not be possible to have an audience at the Royal Albert Hall.
Pre-recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 6 September & on BBC Four on Friday 11 September
Image: Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Jake Turney & Isata Kanneh-Mason © Robin Clewley