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Mendelssohn ‘cello recital Wigmore Hall 2 February 2024


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I very much enjoyed an all Mendelssohn ’cello recital at the Wigmore Hall last night - the two ‘cello sonatas and various ‘Songs without words’ transcriptions. Jean-Guihen Queyras and Kristian Bezuidenhout were the soloists and I was particularly impressive with the second sonata closing the programme.

The highlight was the encore - Mendelssohn’s own ‘Songs without words’ for ‘cello opus 109, used so tellingly in The ‘Cellist. I can’t resist adding a link to Jacqueline du Pre’s recording:



When I got to the Wigmore Hall I asked if they knew what the prepared encore might be to be told encores weren’t always given and depended on the reception given. Sadly Wigmore Hall was perhaps half full - a great shame as those who went seemed enthralled and thankfully more than sufficiently enthusiastic for the encore.

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