Saturday 23 Mar 2013, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Venue Box Office: 01234 718112

Steven Isserlis conductor

Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay second conductor

Mozart Divertimento in D, K136

Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major


Bloch From Jewish Life (arr. Christopher Palmer)

Schubert Symphony No. 5

Steven Isserlis is possibly the UK’s best-loved, most highly-respected solo cellist. His distinctive sound (brought about by playing on warmer gut strings) and appearance have earned him a place at the forefront of British musical life for several decades. In this concert he performs Haydn’s First Cello Concerto – a demanding work that requires virtuosic skill – directing it from the soloist’s platform. He then returns to the stage to perform a deeply moving 1924 piece by the Swiss-American composer Ernst Bloch. The piece is in three movements: Jewish Song, Supplication, and Prayer with the latter, in the words of Isserlis (who commissioned its orchestration), being “surely one of the most fervently beautiful pieces ever written for the cello”.