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Cheltenham Music Festival 2018

Sarah Walker introduces music for Cello and Piano, performed by Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham.

Sarah Walker introduces highlights from the 74th Cheltenham Music Festival and performances given in the Georgian splendour of the Pittville Pump Room. Today, Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih present a Cello version of César Franck’s passionately romantic Violin Sonata, composed as a wedding present for his friend. Plus, Isserlis’s own arrangement of Clara Schumann’s characterful Three Romances. Charles Owen performs Ravel’s dreamy musical impression of a boat at sea.

Clara Schumann (arr. Isserlis): Three Romances, Op 22
Steven Isserlis, cello
Connie Shih, piano

Ravel: Une barque sur l’océan (Miroirs No.3)
Charles Owen, piano

Franck (arr. Jules Delsart): Cello Sonata in A major
Steven Isserlis, cello
Connie Shih, piano

Saint-Saens: Romance in F major, Op 36
Steven Isserlis, cello
Connie Shih, piano

Photo credit: Still Moving Media, courtesy of Cheltenham Music Festival

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Clara Schumann

    3 Romances (arr. Isserlis)

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Connie Shih. Music Arranger: Steven Isserlis.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Une barque sur l'ocean (Miroirs for piano)

    Performer: Charles Owen.
  • César Franck

    Sonata in A major for violin or cello and piano

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Connie Shih.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Romance in F Major, Op.36

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Connie Shih.

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