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The best of February’s Cello Festival

Performances and interviews with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Brazilian Antonio Meneses, young Russian virtuoso Anastasia Kobekina and the Maxwell Quartet join cellist Philip Higham.

From the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, specially recorded performances and interviews with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the legendary Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses and young Russian virtuoso Anastasia Kobekina. We’ll hear from the award-winning Scottish Maxwell Quartet and cellist Philip Higham for some double cello antics! Plus Jamie has his own Pictures at a Museum following a recent trip to London’s Portrait Gallery.

1 hour, 55 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Beau Soir

    Performer: Anastasia Kobekina. Performer: Jean Selim Abdemoula.
  • Alexander Scriabin


    Performer: Richard Watkins. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • The Romantic Horn.
    • 008.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in G major, Op 6 No 1

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Handel: Twelve Concerti Grossi, Op.6 Il Giardino Armonico - Giovanni Antonini.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Hallelujah (Messiah)

    Ensemble: Dunedin Consort and Players.
    • Handel: Messiah: Dunedin Consort & Players.
    • Linn.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Moonlight)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Steuart Bedford.
    • Britten - London Symphony Orchestra, Steuart Bedford.
    • Collins Classics.
    • 13.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47 (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
    • Shostakovich: Symphony no.5.
    • LSO Live.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Farewell to Stromness (The Yellow Cake Revue)

    Performer: Peter Maxwell Davies.
    • Peter Maxwell Davies: A Celebration of Scotland.
    • Unicorn-Kanchana.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Vogliatemi bene (Madama Butterfly)

    Singer: Plácido Domingo. Singer: Renata Scotto. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • Puccini: Madama Butterfly.
    • Sony.
    • 016.
  • Claude Debussy

    Three Nocturnes

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Debussy: Orchestral Works.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 002.
  • Claude Debussy

    Arabesque for piano, No 1

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Debussy: Piano Music #1.
    • Decca.
    • 16.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    O Trenzinho do Caipira

    Performer: Antônio Meneses. Performer: Cristian Budu.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Les Larmes de Jacqueline, Op 76, No 2

    Performer: Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Performer: Isata Kanneh-Mason.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Oiseaux Tristes

    Performer: Peter Donohoe.
    • Mussorgsky, Messiaen, Ravel.
    • Signum Records LTD.
    • 017.
  • Franz Strauss

    Nocturno, Op. 7

    Performer: Richard Watkins. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • The Romantic Horn.
    • 004.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Night music on the Streets of Madrid

    Performer: Philip Higham. Ensemble: Maxwell String Quartet.
  • César Franck

    Sonata for Violin (arr.cello)

    Performer: Anastasia Kobekina. Performer: Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula.
  • Paul Dukas


    Performer: Richard Watkins. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • The Romantic Horn.
    • 009.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La forza del destino (Overture)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Verdi - Overtures and Preludes: Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Gabriel Jackson

    The End and the Begining

    Author: T. S. Eliot. Choir: Choir of Merton College, Oxford. Singer: Emma Tring. Singer: Guy Cutting. Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas. Orchestra: Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia.
    • The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Delphian.
    • 007.


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