Cambridge Music Festival

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Monday 28th June

8:00 pm

Sheku Kanneh Mason cello
Isata Kanneh-Mason piano

‘Sheku’s lyricism was both foil and peer to Isata’s muscularity and fire.’

‘Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a gifted, sensitive artist. And in the demanding works this duo performed, Isata Kanneh-Mason was a superb collaborator.’

The Kanneh-Masons – ‘Britain’s most famous musical family’ THE TIMES – here provides the brilliant brother-and-sister duo, Sheku and Isata, in a programme that perfectly suits their lyrical and passionate playing.

A collection of miniatures – many of them song-inspired – by Rachmaninov and Bridge provide a link between the two main works in the programme: sonatas by Frank Bridge (1913-17) and his pupil Benjamin Britten (1960). The ‘English romanticism’ of Bridge’s style ranges from impassioned intensity to elegiac melancholy, at a time when he was dismayed by the First World War.

Britten’s haunting sonata – the first of five works written for the great Russian cellist Rostropovich – also seems to reflect, yet rise above, difficult times and tense Anglo-Russian relations.

Bridge Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
Britten Tema Sacher
Rachmaninov Romances Op.34 (Nos. 1 & 7)
Bridge Spring Song, Mélodie, Scherzo
Britten Cello Sonata

Ticket & Booking Information
£30, £22, £18
Under 18s £8
Over 18 in Full Time Education £10

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