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Steven Isserlis

  • Cellist
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Repertoire/Discography

Steven Isserlis Discography / recordings


Steven Isserlis, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Gabor Takacs-Nagy

DEBUSSY, arr. Sally BEAMISH: Suite pour Violoncelle et Orchestre
RAVEL, arr. Richard TOGNETTI: Deux mélodies hébraïques
PROKOFIEV, arr. Vladimir BLOK: Concertino for Violoncello and Orchestra, Op.132
BLOCH, arr. Christopher PALMER: From Jewish Life
(BIS-SACD-1782)


Schumann: Music for cello and piano
'For all that Isserlis has made many wonderful recordings, not least his seminal Bach suites, I think this might just be his finest yet' (Gramophone).
Soiréestücke'Fantasiestücke, p.73; Adagio and Allegro, Op.70; Violin Sonata No.3, arr Isserlis; Zwölf Vierhändige Clavierstücke für kleine und grosse Kinder, Op.85, arr Joachim; Drei Romanzen, Op.94; Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op.102
Hyperion CDA67661
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Bach: Suites for Solo Cello
"I finally dared do it..."
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Brahms: Cello Sonatas with Stephen Hough.
Sonata No.1 in E minor Op. 38 and Sonata No.2 in F major Op. 99. The CD also includes Dvorak's Waldesrueh Op. 68 No. 5 and Rondo in G mionr Op. 94 - and Suk's Ballade in D minor Op. 3 No. 1 and Serenade in A major
Hyperion CDA67529
"Having not recorded for 2 years or so, it felt very good to go back into the studio with Stephen and to revisit repertoire that I first recorded 21 years ago - groan. It's always so wonderful to play with Stephen, on a personal as well as a musical level. Good also to record the Dvorak pieces (we actually recorded his Polonaise as well, but unfortunately discovered subsequently that it couldn't fit onto the disc) and the little gems by Suk."

Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas
La Muse et el Poete - with Joshua Bellviolin
Suite for Cello and Orchestra Op. 16 with NDR Sinfonieorchester and Christoph Eschenbach.
BMG 82876-65845-2
"This is mostly reissues; but I was glad, several years after it was recorded and edited, BMG managed to locate and then issue the Saint-Saens Suite, Op. 16. At one stage, they seemed to have lost the tapes! It's a lovely piece."

Rachmaninov/ Franck Sonatas:
Rachmaninov Prelude Op.2 No.1, Oriental Dance Op.2 No. 2, Sonata in G minor Op. 19
Franck Le Sylphe, Sonata in A major, Panis Angelicus (with Rebecca Evans)
Hyperion CDA67376
"I first started playing the Rachmaninov Sonata when I was about 11 and used to play it with my Russian Grandmother. She remembered perfectly the performances gave with Brandukov, the work's dedicatee, so perhaps it's not surprising that I feel a close affinity to this work."


Cello World - a selection of short pieces for cello and arrangements, with Thomas Ades, Dame Felicity Lott,Maggie Cole, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dudley Moore  - BMG 09026689282
"Well, I did enjoy making this disc, with so many friends; this is the one I usually give to people I like! And it's full of my son's favourite cello pieces, which for me is quite an added attraction.'

Schumann: Cello Concerto, works for cello and piano, 'Offertorium' from Mass in C minor; Bargiel: Adagio, with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Christoph Eschenbach, Dame Felicity Lott, David King - BMG 09026 68800 2
'Being a Schumann nut, I thought long and hard about recording the cello concerto - and I'm glad to say that I found the perfect partners in the DK and Christoph Eschenbach. Also, it was very nice to be able to include a piece by Schumann's brother-in-law, Bargiel - good to keep it in the family.'

Brahms/Frühling/Schumann: Trios for clarinet, cello and piano, with Nichael Collins and Stephen Hough - BMG 09026 63504 2
'See my "enthusiasms" for my feelings about Mr. Frühling - it was a real thrill to be making the first-ever commercial recording of his music; and Messrs. Collins and Hough are among my most frequent partners in musical crime - so I'm happy that this recording exists.'

Elgar / Bloch / Kabalevsky / Tchaikovsky / R. Strauss: Works with orchestra, with various orchestras and conductors - Virgin Classics 724356149021
'A slightly mixed bag - but it's cheap, and the pieces are great! The Kabalevsky is a thrilling concerto, I think - I don't understand why it's so rarely played.'

Faure: Complete Works for Cello, with Pascal Devoyon - BMG 09026680492
'I love Faure so much! Pascal and I recorded a lot of this repertoire for Hyperion, but I was very disappointed with the result, partly because of poor sound; this BMG recording is a huge improvement, I think. For me, the sonatas are among the greatest works for the cello.'

Haydn: Cello Concertos / Sinfonia Concertante / Adagio cantabile, with soloists, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sir Roger Norrington - BMG 09026685782
'This one actually sold some copies!  Wonders never cease. I love Haydn's freshness and humour - what a marvellous man he must have been.'

Janácek / Prokofiev / Shostakovich: Works for cello and piano, with Olli Mustonen - BMG 09026684372
'It's always exciting to play with my friend Olli Mustonen - and doubly so in this case, because we were making the first recording of the first version of Janacek's "Fairy-Tale" '

Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Cello No. 2 / La Muse et le Poete / Romance / Cello Sonata No. 2, with 'Joshua Bell, NDR Orchstra, Christoph Eschenbach - BMG 09026635182
Little-known music by Saint-Saëns -  all of it is beautiful, but the real gem is the piece for violin, cello and orchestra, "La Muse et le Poete". It was great that Joshua Bell was transferred from Sony for that one piece!'

Strauss: Don Quixote, Romance, Cello Sonata, with Stephen Hough, Symphonieorchester des BR, Maazel - BMG 74321753982
'I had never met Maazel before these sessions took place, so I was nervous - but he couldn't have been more charming! It was a really enjoyable experience. And an added luxury, of course, to record the sonata with the wonderful Stephen Hough -  even though he mis-spells his own first name.'

Tavener: The Protecting Veil, Thrinos, Britten: Suite no.3, with LSO, Rozhdestvensky - Virgin Classics - 724356184923
'This was called a 'cult' recording - hmmm... not by me. For me, "the Protecting Veil", even without the religious programme, is a gorgeous, romantic piece of music; the first performance was one of the highlights of my concert life - so exciting to realise that the work had captured people's imaginations.'