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NI 5919
Hungarian Cello Concertos
LY 0320
William Busch Concertos
LY 0344
British Cello Concertos
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Born into a family of professional musicians, Raphael Wallfisch discovered the cello at the age of eight. While studying with Gregor Piatigorsky in California he was chosen to perform chamber music with Jascha Heifetz in the informal recitals that Piatigorsky held in his home. At the age of twenty-four he won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Florence. Since then he has performed continually worldwide. His extensive discography features works by a wide range of British composers, including concertos by Bax, Bliss, Delius, Finzi, Leighton, Moeran and Walton – for the Chandos Walton Edition he recorded the Cello Concerto originally written for his master, Piatigorsky –, besides Britten’s Cello Symphony. He has also recorded rarer works by Barber, Dohnányi, Grieg, Kabalevsky, Menotti, Prokofiev, Respighi and Richard Strauss. Many of Britain’s leading composers have written works for him, including Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, James MacMillan, Paul Patterson, Robert Saxton, Robert Simpson, Giles Swayne, Sir John Tavener and Adrian Williams.
Teaching is one of Raphael Wallfisch’s passions. He is in great demand as a teacher all over the world, and holds professorships in Switzerland at the Zürich Winterthur Konservatorium and in Germany at the Hochschule Mainz.

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BM 0432
Arnold Cooke - Three String Sonatas

"A splendid centenary tribute to a neglected British voice...Unfailingly sympathetic performances ...this rewarding disc can be ...

BM 0436
British Music for Cello and Piano

"...commanding readings of noteworthy cello works by three critically overlooked London-born composers...well worth purchasing.&qu...

BM 0439
Leighton - Complete Chamber Works for Cello

"...indispensable to fans of Leighton, of British chamber music and of the great artistry of the two Raphaels who have m...

BM 0441
Patric Standford Orchestral Music

 "...the last work on the program, a Prelude to The Naiades, originally part of his [Standford’s] Second Symp...

CHAN 10116
Six Irish Rhapsodies

'The performances are impressive and Lewis Foreman's notes are conspicuously good. This set is real value for money.'...
CHAN 10154
Orchestral Works, Volume 1

He conducts a mellow affectionate performance of the Concerto… Lydia Mordkovitch plays the solo part with real flair and richness ...
CHAN 10168
Violin Concerto/ Lonely Waters/ Whythorne's Shadow/ Cello Concerto

'The Cello Concerto was written for Peers Coetmore who was to become his wife. Raphael...
CHAN 10206
Strauss, R
Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2

…a sense of joy right to the end…...