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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
Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 3 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550909   Number of Discs: 1
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British Music For Cello And Piano / Raphael Wallfisch, Raphael Terroni
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 571352   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 1 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550907   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 2 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550908   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 4 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550910   Number of Discs: 1
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    British String Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2346 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Gustav Holst,  Gerald Finzi,  William Busch  ... 
    Performer:  Lorraine McAslan,  Emanuel Hurwitz,  Kenneth Sillito,  Cecil Aronowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite,  Imogen Holst,  David Atherton,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann: Cello Concerto; Works For Cello & Piano / Wallfisch, York, Willen
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5916 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  John York
    Conductor:  Niklas Willén
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    Arnold Cooke: Three String Sonatas
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 571362 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Cooke
    Performer:  Raphael Terroni,  Susanne Stanzeleit,  Morgan Goff,  Raphael Wallfisch
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    British Music For Cello And Piano / Raphael Wallfisch, Raphael Terroni
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 571352 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Wordsworth,  William Busch,  Kenneth Leighton,  Arnold Cooke
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Raphael Terroni
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    Maurice Jacobson: Theme And Variations, The Music Room, Mosaic / Julian Jacobson
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 571351 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Jacobson
    Performer:  Julian Jacobson,  Mariko Brown,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Jennifer Johnston
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    Bloch: Schelomo; Voice In The Wilderness; Caplet: Epiphanie; Ravel: Kaddish
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5913 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Caplet,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Benjamin Wallfisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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    C.P.E. Bach Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94640 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anna Starr,  Joaquim Guerra Codina,  Machiko Takahashi,  Eckart Haupt  ... 
    Conductor:  Didier Talpain,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Jörn Boysen,  Roland Kieft  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Poetica  ... 
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    Dohnanyi, Liszt, Kodaly / Raphael Wallfisch, John York
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5901 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  John York,  Raphael Wallfisch
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    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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    Delius & Grieg: Complete Works For Cello & Piano / Wallfisch, York
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5884 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  John York
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    Patric Standford: First Symphony (The Seasons); Cello Concerto; Prelude To A Fantasy
    Label: British Music Society   Catalog: 441 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Patric Standford
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
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    Lionel Sainsbury, John Foulds: Cello Concertos
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7284 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lionel Sainsbury,  John Foulds
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Martin Yates
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    Trio - Mendelssohn, Schumann / Shaham, Erez, Wallfisch
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5875 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Hagai Shaham,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Arnon Erez
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    Great Baroque Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501061 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Nadja Schubert,  Daniel Rothert,  Corinne Chapelle,  Karl Kaiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Kevin Mallon,  Bradley Creswick,  Jozef Kopelman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Aradia Ensemble,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    Julius Klengel: A Celebration
    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11024 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Julius Klengel,  Bernhard Cossmann,  David Popper
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Julius Klengel,  Martin Ennis,  Sebastian Comberti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello Classics Ensemble
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    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Dohnanyi: Konzertstuck / Mackerras, Wallfisch, LSO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10715 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Ernö von Dohnányi
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Ravel, Poulenc, Debussy, Delius / Tasmin Little
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0858582 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Francis Poulenc,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Tasmin Little,  Piers Lane
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Kenneth Leighton: Complete Chamber Works For Cello
    Label: British Music Society   Catalog: 439 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kenneth Leighton
    Performer:  Raphael Terroni,  Raphael Wallfisch
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  • 19.
    Arnold: Cello Concerto; Symphony For Strings; Fantasy For Recorder And String Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572640 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold
    Performer:  John Turner,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Esther Ingham,  Carl Raven
    Conductor:  Richard Howarth,  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manchester Sinfonia,  Northern Chamber Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Triple Concerto
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28700 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Michael Roll,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Howard Shelley
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  • 21.
    Bowen, Bush, Brian: Cello Concertos / Wallfisch, Yates
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7263 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  York Bowen,  Alan Bush,  Havergal Brian
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Martin Yates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Weber: Grand Pot-pourri; Spohr: Concerto In A Minor; Reicha: Concerto In A Major
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5868 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Spohr,  Josef Reicha,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
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  • 23.
    Giles Swayne: The Silent Land, Magnificat, Ave Verum Corpus / Wallfisch, Ross, Dmitri Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572595 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Giles Swayne
    Performer:  Anonymous,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Sophie Bevan,  Kate Symonds-Joy  ... 
    Conductor:  Graham Ross
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Ensemble
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  • 24.
    Holbrooke: Symphony No 4, Cello Concerto, The Pit And The Pendulum / Vass, Wallfisch
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7251 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Holbrooke
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  George Vass
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 25.
    British Music For Cello And Piano / Wallfisch, Terroni
    Label: British Music Society   Catalog: 436 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Wordsworth,  Josef Holbrooke,  William Busch
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Raphael Terroni
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