Remarkable cellist set for Ripon Festival’s opener

Photographs by Wolf Marloh on 08/08/2008 at 16:26:26.'All rights reserved. No unauthorised use may be made.
Photographs by Wolf Marloh on 08/08/2008 at 16:26:26.'All rights reserved. No unauthorised use may be made.

INTERNATIONALLYacclaimed cellist, Jamie Walton, who has just recorded the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia, is to perform this work in the opening concert of Ripon International Festival on Saturday, September 3 at Ripon Cathedral with the Orchestra of Opera North under Janusz Piotrowicz.

Jamie Walton’s performances are remarkable for a rare beauty of tone and purity of interpretation. In the Dvorak concerto the orchestra always shares the limelight with the soloist and often takes centre stage in a work which is a dramatic outpouring of the composer’s feelings, such as the wistful and elegiac section in the finale with cello and solo violin representing an operatic love duet.

The concert begins with Weber’s lively overture Euryanthe and ends with Brahms passionate fourth symphony in which the composer explores a range of emotions and orchestral colour with sweeping melodies and rich textures. Far from the heavy plodding style that is commonplace with Brahms, under Janusz Piotrowicz’s baton it is sizzling with energy and intensity.

The Berlin Philharmonic, on their first visit to London after the war in 1948, chose, out of the vast repertoire of classical greats, the Brahms 4 for the Reconciliation concert. Other classical concerts include one of the world’s top five harpists, Lucy Wakeford, with Kathryn Thomas flute, in the breathtaking candlelit setting of the ancient church at Nun Monkton (Thursday, September 8), pianist Chenyin Li playing Chopin, Debussy and Haydn in the splendidly refurbished Holy Trinity Church (Tuesday, September 6) and The Hallé at the Royal Hall (Saturday, September 17).

For Hallé bookings ring 01423 502116

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