Steven Isserlis - British Solo Cello Music
Steven Isserlis Mishka Rushdie Momen
The excellent English cellist Steven Isserlis has recorded a selection of solo works for cello from this provenance. Among the best-known creations here are undoubtedly the three suites penned by Benjamin Britten between 1964 and 1971, the result of the close friendship between the composer and the Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. For this production, the artist has chosen Suite No. 3 in G major, op. 87, and also provides his own arrangements of the four Russian folk songs that Britten used for the piece. Alongside smaller works by William Walton, John Gardner and Thomas Adès, the Suite in the eighteenth century style by Frank Merrick (1886-1981) is the second larger work on the album, but also one that is particularly close to his heart.