Proms 2020
11 Sep 2020, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2020 Live Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason
Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason
19:30 Fri 11 Sep 2020 Royal Albert Hall
Star British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason perform a specially recorded recital of Beethoven, Barber, Bridge and Rachmaninov. Watch on BBC Four at 8.00pm.
Star British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason perform a specially recorded recital of Beethoven, Barber, Bridge and Rachmaninov. Watch on BBC Four at 8.00pm.

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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