—The Independent, London
This was a triumphant coming-out for these immensely engaging players: a star duo is born.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
& Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
12 Variations on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" (from Die Zauberflöte), Op. 66
Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
Winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition, artist-in-residence at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and a featured performer at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has skyrocketed to fame as one of the shining lights of the classical music world. He and his elder sister, pianist Isata, perform a program that highlights the cello's magnificent expressive range: sumptuous Rachmaninoff, turbulent Barber, lyrical Lutosławski, and playful Beethoven (his variations on an aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute
). "A player who makes you tune in to every nuance of articulation, every subtle shading, every eloquent turn of phrase" (The Times
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