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RAPHAEL WALLFISCH

Son of German-born pianist Peter Wallfisch who taught at London’s Royal College of Music, Raphael Wallfisch has become an internationally-recognised solo cellist, as well as being part of a family of outstanding musicians. He trained first in London with Amaryllis Fleming, then with Amadeo Baldovino in Italy and Derek Simpson in London, ending up with Gregor Piatigorsky in California before making his first major appearance in 1974. His early experiences, as for many colleagues of his generation, were truly multicultural: Fleming, daughter of Suggia’s portraitist Augustus John, had herself studied with Pierre Fournier, Guilhermina Suggia and Pablo Casals, whilst Piatigorsky brought Russian and German influences and Simpson represented the British tradition.

Wallfisch’s prolific recording career encompasses many major items of the cello repertory, but is notable for promoting a number of lesser-known works, especially of British composers. His style is conventional by modern standards and generally light in tone. This works well in the Boccherini (2004) and Vivaldi (1994) works selected here, the former managing to avoid the strained qualities often heard in its virtuosic high-register passagework.

Whilst in comparison with some others Wallfisch is not necessarily outstanding in large-scale Romantic and twentieth-century repertoire, his 1995 disc of sonatas by Rubbra, Moeran and Ireland is compelling. The Ireland in particular proves a passionate performance of some virtuosity, with Wallfisch showing a full understanding of the rather dense and brooding textures of this British idiom. An enterprising disc of works by William Wordsworth (1908–1988)—a pupil of noted composer, musicologist and pianist Donald Francis Tovey—reveals strong and striking compositions of some inventiveness, such as the Op. 66 Cello Sonata (2010). In more recent repertoire Wallfisch plays the solo part in the 2010 premiere recording of Giles Swayne’s The Silent Land (an unusual work for cello and 40-part chorus), and a matter of curiosity is the participation of three generations of the Wallfisch family in the Requiem by one of Raphael’s sons, Benjamin: a performance that shows the extraordinary talent of this important musical dynasty.

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Box Set Releases Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Baroque Masterpieces Naxos 8.501061
A to Z Gift Pack Naxos 8.554775
Chill With Collection Naxos 8.501046
Elegie - Relaxing with the Composers Naxos 8.505092
Meditation Naxos 8.508010
The Very Best Of Naxos 8.502020


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Chamber Music
ARNOLD, M.: Cello Concerto / Symphony for Strings / Fantasy (Wallfisch, Turner, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Sinfonia, Ward, Howarth) Naxos
8.572640
Concertos
BAROQUE BLISS Naxos
8.578054
Concertos
BOCCHERINI: Cello Concertos, Nos. 9-12 Naxos
8.557589
Concertos
Cello Music - BUSCH, W. / LEIGHTON, K. / WORDSWORTH, W. / COOKE, A. (British Music for Cello and Piano) (Wallfisch, Terroni) Naxos
8.571352
Instrumental, Chamber Music
CHILL WITH VIVALDI Naxos
8.556779
Concertos
COOKE, A.: Violin Sonata No. 2 / Viola Sonata / Cello Sonata No. 2 (Stanzeleit, Goff, Wallfisch, Terroni) Naxos
8.571362
Instrumental
English Cello Sonatas Marco Polo
8.223718
Chamber Music
GREAT BAROQUE MASTERPIECES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501061
Concertos
HONEGGER, A.: Chamber Music Timpani
4C1079
Chamber Music, Instrumental
JACOBSON, M.: Theme and Variations / Music Room Suite / Mosaic / The Song of Songs (J. Jacobson) Naxos
8.571351
Chamber Music
KLASSISKT A-O (The A to Z of Classical Music) Naxos
8.553362
Concertos
MACMILLAN, J.: Triduum, Part I: The World's Ransoming / Triduum, Part II: Cello Concerto BIS
BIS-CD-989
Concertos
SWAYNE, G.: Stabat mater / The silent land / Magnificat I / Ave verum corpus (Wallfisch, Dmitri Ensemble, G. Ross) Naxos
8.572595
Choral - Secular
VIVALDI (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556655
Concertos
VIVALDI (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552101-02
Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: Concertos, RV 93, 356, 406, 428, 454, 406 and 502 (Favourite Concertos) (Pazdera, Zsapka, Valek, Schilli, Wallfisch, Benkocs) Naxos
8.572972
Concertos
VIVALDI: Cello Concertos, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550907
Concertos
VIVALDI: Cello Concertos, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550908
Concertos
VIVALDI: Cello Concertos, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.550909
Concertos
VIVALDI: Cello Concertos, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.550910
Concertos
VIVALDI: Famous Concertos Naxos
8.554040
Concertos





 
 
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