Steven Isserlis and Mishka Momen Rushdie live at the Wigmore Hall
‘Ich Ruf zu Dir,Herr Jesu Christ.’…………Bach just says it all as Steven announced as the final word in his magnificent recital.
The true heir to Tortelier in the way he lived and projected each note with such noble passion and subtle finesse.
A Beethoven that literally exploded before our eyes with the ‘joie de vivre’ and fierce passion that can bring this masterpiece so vividly to life.An all or nothing performance magnificently seconded by Mishka Momen. This was very much a performance between equals.Every note was perfectly together in a musical conversation that was fascinating as it was overwhelming.Mishka throwing herself into the fray as was Steven.
The only difference was the freedom that they allowed their hair!
What better way to celebrate Schumann’s 210th birthday than with the Romances given by him in 1849 to his beloved Clara as a Christmas present.
Sumptuous sounds and a seemless melodic outpouring was just the oasis needed before the intricacy and ecstasy of Fauré’s first Sonata.
Written when he was 72 and already like Beethoven almost totally deaf it was played with the passion and refinement that is of a true advocate and is rare indeed.Scintillating piano playing from Mishka produced reems of golden thread that allowed Steven to indulge so totally in this strange magic world of late Fauré.
Steven’s own trascription of Bach was played with the absolute stillness and peace of a true believer.
Live music is alive and well and getting better than ever in this virtual world that has been thrust upon us so unexpectedly. .