Raphael Wallfisch

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Born: June 15, 1953; London, England  
Raphael Wallfisch is one of the leading English cellists of his generation. His repertory is vast, taking in nineteenth century staples by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Dvorák, as well as twentieth century standards by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Respighi, and Barber. Yet he has also focused much attention on works by British composers, too, from Elgar, Delius, and Bax to Maxwell Davies, MacMillan, Simpson, and Tavener. Wallfisch has recorded extensively Read more for many labels, including Chandos, Nimbus, and Naxos.

Wallfisch was born in London on June 15, 1953. His mother was a cellist and his father a pianist. Young Raphael, after studies on the violin and piano, turned to the cello at age eight. His list of teachers is impressive: at home he studied with Amaryllis Fleming (1967-1969) and Derek Simpson (at the Royal Academy of Music from 1970-1973), and abroad with Amadeo Baldovino (Italy; 1969) and Gregor Piatigorsky (the U.S.).

It was through his studies with Piatigorsky in California that he was given the opportunity to perform in several private recitals with Jascha Heifetz. Wallfisch won first prize in Florence, Italy, at the Gaspar Cassadň International Cello Competition in 1977. Thereafter, his career grew in several directions: as a soloist he regularly appeared in recitals and with British orchestras; in 1980 he began a 12-year stint playing in a duo with his father, Peter, while serving as a professor of music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He would later teach cello at the Zürich Winterthur Konservatorium and Hochschule in Mainz, Germany.

In the 1980s Wallfisch gained an international reputation from his appearances throughout Europe and the U.S. In 1982 he started a long relationship with the English label Chandos: among his earliest recordings were a coupling of the Barber Cello Concerto and the Shostakovich First Cello Concerto (1982) and a disc of Tchaikovsky works that included the original version of the Rococo Variations (1983). Over the next decade or so he would make more than 20 recordings for Chandos. Since the 1990s he has branched out his recording activity to include other labels. Among later recordings is his two-disc set of the complete works for cello by Shostakovich on Nimbus (2006). Shostakovich was also featured, along with J.S. Bach and Tchaikovsky, in his successful concert tours of the U.K. and Germany in the fall of 2006. Read less
Tavener: Protecting Veil, Thrinos, Eternal Memory / Wallfisch, Brown
Release Date: 11/11/2008   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28470   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: June 15, 1953; London, England  
Raphael Wallfisch is one of the leading English cellists of his generation. His repertory is vast, taking in nineteenth century staples by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Dvorák, as well as twentieth century standards by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Respighi, and Barber. Yet he has also focused much attention on works by British composers, too, from Elgar, Delius, and Bax to Maxwell Davies, MacMillan, Simpson, and Tavener. Wallfisch has recorded extensively Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Stücke im Volkston Op.102: I. Vanitas vanitatum Mit Humor
Stücke im Volkston Op.102: II. Langsam
Stücke im Volkston Op.102: III. Nicht Schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen
Stücke im Volkston Op.102: IV. Nicht zu rasch
Stücke im Volkston Op.102: V. Stark und markirt
Romanzen Op.94: I. Nicht schnell
Romanzen Op.94: II. Einfach, innig
Romanzen Op.94 III. Nicht schnell
Phantasiestücke Op.73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
Phantasiestücke Op.73: II. Lebhaft, leicht
Phantasiestücke Op.73 III. Rasch und mit Feuer - Schneller
I. Elegy
II. Scherzo
III. Theme and Variations: Theme
III. Theme and Variations: Variation I: Allegro inquieto
III. Theme and Variations: Variation II: Ostinato
III. Theme and Variations: Variation III: March
III. Theme and Variations: Variation IV: Appassionato
III. Theme and Variations: Variation V: Waltz
III. Theme and Variations: Variation VI: Chorale
Voice in the Wilderness: Moderato
Voice in the Wilderness: Poco lento
Voice in the Wilderness: Moderato
Voice in the Wilderness: Adagio piacevole
Voice in the Wilderness: Poco agitato - cadenza
Voice in the Wilderness: Allegro gioioso
Epiphanie (d'apres une légende éthiopienne): Tempo di pastorale
Epiphanie (d'apres une légende éthiopienne): Cadence
Epiphanie (d'apres une légende éthiopienne): Dance de petits nčgres
Schelomo. Rhapsodie hébraďque: Lento moderato
Schelomo. Rhapsodie hébraďque: Allegro moderato
Schelomo. Rhapsodie hébraďque: Andante moderato
I. Allegro non molto
II. Andante
III. Minuetto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato
Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra: Quietly -
Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra: Slowly and quietly -
Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra: Accel....Tempo I
Cello Concerto: Slow -
Cello Concerto: Becoming slower -
Cello Concerto: Very quietly -
Cello Concerto: Con moto tranquillo -
Cello Concerto: With animation (Allegramente)
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro - Andantino - Tempo I
I. Moderato
II. Andante poco moderato
III. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro giusto
III. Andante con moto
I. Allegro con moto - Meno mosso -
II. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto e ritmico (il piu presto possibile) -
III. Lentissimo: Molto sostenuto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Presto inquieto
III. Adagio -
IV. Passacaglia: Andante allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante grazioso
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante lentarello
III. Allegro e con moto
I. Maestoso
II. Largo cantabile
III. Allegro comodo
I. Allegro deciso
II. Larghetto -
III. Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto deciso, alla marcia
I. Allegro moderato
II. Nocturne: Lento - Andante con moto
III. Molto vivace
I. Molto sostenuto - Allegro molto energico -
II. Presto marcato -
III. Andante con moto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante quieto
III. Rondo: Adagio - Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro con moto - Meno mosso
II. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto e ritmico [il piu presto possibile] - Moderato e dolce
III. Lentissimo: Molto sostenuto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. The Mockery
II. The Reproaches
III. Dearest Wood and Dearest Iron
Allegro non molto
Adagio
Allegro ma non molto
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Affettuoso (Adagio)
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Andante
III. Minuetto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto (Andante poco mosso)
II. Adagio
III. Allegro ma non molto
I. Allegro
II. Largo cantabile
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro non molto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante e spiritoso
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo e sempre piano
III. Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro molto
II. Allegro - Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Tempo moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Moderato e sostenuto
II. Poco largamente
III. Con moto e marcato
I. Massig schnell
II. Ruhig bewegt - Sehr lebhaft - Im fruheren langsamen Zeitmass
III. Marsch: Lebhaft - Trio [nach einem alten marsch] - Lebhafter
No. 1. Prayer
No. 2. Supplication
No. 3. Jewish Song
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Vivace non troppo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro - Andantino - Tempo I
I. Moderato
II. Andante poco moderato
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Lento - Allegro molto
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto deciso, alla marcia
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con brio


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