Joy Lisney Cello
James Lisney Piano
JS Bach Sonata in D for viola da gamba & keyboard, BWV1028
Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 65
JS Bach Chaconne from Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 arr. Joy Lisney for cello
Brahms Violin Sonata No 1, Op 78 transc. in D for cello & piano
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin from one of the UK’s most exciting cello and piano duos.
When Johannes Brahms stumbled upon Bach’s Chaconne in 1877, he couldn’t believe his eyes: ‘On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind.’
Cellist Joy Lisney’s transcription of this work is a tour-de-force of instrumental ingenuity, musicianship and virtuosity.
The programme concludes with Brahms’ Regensonate in D; an intensely nostalgic work that Clara Schumann described as ‘blissful’ and ‘melancholic’ – music that she wanted to accompany her ‘at that passage from here to eternity’.
Joy Lisney, at twenty-five, is already a veteran of the European concert platform, making regular recital visits to the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and London’s Southbank Centre. She complements her work as a composer (she was awarded the Vaughan Williams Award in 2014) with an increasing list of engagements as conductor, including (in 2019) performances of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony (Cambridge) and the Busoni Piano Concerto (London’s St Johns, Smith Square).
James Lisney is a regular visitor to St George’s, giving three chamber music cycles in the hall along with a pair of recital series devoted to the music of Schubert’s final years and romantic masterworks. He is currently performing the first Schubert piano sonata cycles on the Indian subcontinent and this season makes his debut in the famed Prague Rudofinum before touring Australia and New Zealand.
“… playing with an aplomb and rapport, a definition and vitality, an insight and ardour that many cellists better known and more experienced would do well to honour.”