with James Lisney on piano
Bach transcribed: the joyous Sonata in D (originally for viola da gamba) and the monumental Chaconne from the Violin Partita in B minor are here recast for cello. They make for stimulating pairings with Chopin’s lyrical Sonata and Thomas Adès’ evocations of water, mountains, fields – and the decadent city nightlife of the supremely virtuosic ‘Cancan macabre’.
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.”