Steven Isserlis cello
Connie Shih piano

C Schumann arr. Isserlis Three Romances, Op. 22 10’
R Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 73 13’
Kapralova Ritornelle for cello, Op. 25 5’
Martinů Cello Sonata No 1 in F, H 277 20’
Holmès arr. Isserlis Recitatif et Chante from the cantata ‘La Vision de la Reine’ 8’
Franck Cello Sonata in A, FWV 8 30’

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a unique and distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. In this fascinating new programme he explores the works of three significant male composers and the less well-known and unfairly overlooked female composers who influenced, inspired and supported them, bringing their extraordinary compositions back to the concert platform where they rightly belong.

Supported by The Chairman’s Friends

Pre-Concert Talk: Robert Schumann: Syphilis or Madness?

Friday 13 July, 10-10.40pm
Pittville Pump Room, Oval Room

By popular consensus, Schumann died of third-stage syphilis, but on closer examination this is rather suspect. Jonathan Noble, a surgeon and author of a new book analysing the illnesses and deaths of great composers, and neuroscientist and philosopher Raymond Tallis debate the other more sinister explanations for his tragic early death.


Pittville Pump Room

Pittville Pump Room is an elegant Grade 1 listed Regency building and perhaps the most famous example of Regency architecture in Cheltenham. Standing in regal splendour at one end of Pittville Park, the Pump Room is a monument to more than 100 years of fame that Cheltenham enjoyed as a Spa town.

The Festival’s morning recitals at the Pump Room are its continuing glory

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