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NATALIE CLEIN cello with KATYA APEKISHEVA piano

Wednesday 16 February 2022 8pm


Vaughan Williams      Six studies in English Folk Song

Elias                               L’innominata

Clarke                            Viola sonata (in cello version)

Bloch                              From Jewish life

Rachmaninoff              Cello sonata in G minor, op 19

Described by the Times as ‘mesmerising and soaringly passionate’, British cellist Natalie Clein gained the attention of the musical world at the age of 16 when she became BBC Young Musician of the Year. Since then she has built a distinguished international career. Russian-born Katya Apekisheva, a prizewinner at the 1996 Leeds International Piano Competition, has received great critical acclaim as both soloist and chamber musician.

Natalie’s performance of the Rebecca Clarke sonata has been described as ‘moving in sweeping arcs of emotion’. L’innominata was commissioned for Natalie in 2018 and, like the Bloch and Rachmaninoff, also calls for expressive tenderness and intensity, so much a hallmark of her playing.The Vaughan Williams is in a cooler vein, although he aimed to treat these folk song settings with love!