Britten ‘Canto primo’ from Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72
Vivaldi Cello Concerto in B minor, RV 424
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite
Alban Gerhardt cello
Nicholas Collon conductor
One of the world’s great cellists joins Aurora to open the year-long Cello Unwrapped series at Kings Place.
“A magician of cantabile playing and a master of virtuosic panache – one of the best cellists alive.” (Tagesspiegel)
Pre-eminent cellist Alban Gerhardt joins Aurora for a glittering conversation across the centuries: Vivaldi was first to recognise the soulful quality of the solo cello; Britten and Ravel pay homage to their Baroque forebears, while Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky were inspired to fantastical virtuosic heights by the elegant exuberance of the ‘Rococo’ masters’.