Pieter Wispelwey & Paolo Giacometti

Masterful chamber music by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin
Small Hall on Sunday
Sun 26 Nov ’23 12:00 uur

Pieter Wispelwey, cello
Paolo Giacometti, piano

Beethoven - Variations on See the conqu'ring hero comes 
Chopin - Introduction & Polonaise brillante, op. 3
Brahms - FAE Scherzo (arr. Wispelwey) 
Kodály - Sonata for cello solo

Sun 26 Nov ’23
12:00 uur

None other than Pieter Wispelwey! 'On paper, it might be a bit haughty. But in practice, Mr Wispelwey proved impressively up to the challenge with interpretations that were as eloquent as they were provocative.' The New York Times on one of those occasions when Wispelwey managed to perform all six of Bach's solo suites in one evening. Tonight, the cellist - Dutch Music Prize 1992 - is accompanied by Italian-Dutch pianist Paolo Giacometti; a golden duo, awarded the Brahms Prize of the Brahms-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein in 2019.

Beethoven to start with. The latter, exceptionally for his time, wrote an impressive cello oeuvre. Now he brilliantly varies on a theme from his idol Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabeus. Chopin composed almost exclusively for piano, a well known fact. But what he did write for cello - however little - is absolutely superb! Finally, Wispelwey alone: with Kodály's solo sonata from 1915. Considered the finest for cello solo since Bach. The Hungarian Zoltán Kodály was inspired by the folk music of his country as well as by Debussy and his colleague and friend Bartók.

‘On paper it is perhaps a bit of hubris. In practice Mr. Wispelwey proved himself impressively up to the challenge, offering performances as eloquent as they were provocative’

New York Times