Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897), Hungarian Dances, for piano, WoO 1
Dvořák, Antonín (1841-1904), Slavonic Dances
Wilde, David (b. 1935), The Cellist of Sarajevo
Say, Fazil, Cello Sonata (BBC Commission; World première)
Bartók, Béla (1881-1945), Romanian Dances, Op.8a Sz 45
Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello
Jose Gallardo, Piano
Nicholas Altstaedt and José Gallardo make a welcome return to the Festival, opening the early-evening series of musical Postcards from different places which are performed by BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists, picked from the very best young talent around the world. This Postcard from the Balkans ranges across this amazingly diverse region, with delightful and much-loved folk dances from Brahms, Dvorak and Bartók framing the première of an exciting new sonata for cello and piano by the Turkish composer, Fazil Say, and a rare opportunity to hear a profoundly moving lament composed by David Wilde for the ‘Cellist of Sarajevo’, Vedran Smailovic. Following the massacre of innocent civilians, bombarded while shopping in the market place twenty years ago during the three-year siege of Sarajevo at the start of the Balkan conflict, Vedran put on his tails and played his ‘cello day after day in the open-air and under fire in memory of his fellow citizens; he called out to the international community for new pieces to play and David Wilde’s beautiful work was one of the responses.