CD of the Month for April.

Cellist Raphael Wallfisch performs:

  • Cello Concertos by Hungarian composers.

The three composers represented on this CD are: Mátyás György Seiber was born in Budapest on 4 May 1905, Seiber studied composition at the Budapest Academy of Music under Zoltan Kodály from 1919 to 1924. In 1935 he settled in London where he taught at Morley College and privately. Antal Dorati entered the Hungarian Royal Academy of Music in 1920, aged 14. There he studied with Bela Bartók and Zoltan Kodály, also reading philosophy at Vienna University. Bela Bartok’s Viola Concerto, commissioned by the Scottish violist William Primrose, was left in sketch form at the time of the composer’s death. The eventual completion of this work by Bartok’s friend, Tibor Serly, has been the subject of debate ever since its first appearance in 1949. The compositions we hear are as follows: Bartók:

  • Viola Concerto, BB 128, Sz. 120, adapted for cello by Tibor Serly


  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra


  • Tre Pezzi for cello and orchestra

Performed by Raphael Wallfisch (cello), with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Gábor Takács-Nagy conducting. Here is the Piano trio no.1 in D opus 32, by Anton Arenski, with the following performers: Hagai Shaham – violin Arnon Erez – piano Raphael Wallfisch – cello  

And here is Mr. Wallfisch playing a Stradivari Cello: