Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello | Isata Kanneh-Mason piano
Beethoven Variations in F major on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte Op.66
Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
The Mid-days are very fortunate that Sheku and his sister Isata have agreed to play for them. Sheku’s meteoric rise to international stardom began as winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition followed by several appearances at the Proms. Then came his terrific debut album Inspiration, and his famous performance at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – a performance that has been viewed by more than an estimated one billion people. Sheku’s hugely talented sister Isata has been his duo partner since childhood (and they are by no means the only talented musicians in the family!), and the rapport they share is natural and clear to all. The Rachmaninov Sonata – as we heard last season – is a big, tuneful, virtuosic work and the cheerful, quirky Beethoven Variations provide an excellent contrast.
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