The duets between Riga-born cellist Mischa Maisky and his daughter Lily Maisky contribute to our exciting chamber music programmes, with no place for the routine or ordinary. Their combined playing is characterised by a thrilling freedom andunified sense of breath. Their dialogue and musical conversation seems so light and simple, but in reality it hides the depths of an extensive musical family tradition, knowledge amassed through time and true skill.
Mischa says of his performance process: “Music is very subjective, therefore it is open to many different interpretations. The number of possibilities is infinite, and their depth is infinite. We can never say from an interpretation that it is ‘the’ ultimate perfect one. Perfection in music is an illusion. I always compare it to trying to reach the horizon: the closer you get, the more it goes, always. It does not mean that one should not try to get closer to it, but with the realization that you are never going to touch it, there are no frustrations.”
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Seven Variations in E flat Major on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” WoO 46
Franz SCHUBERT Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D. 821
Piotr TCHAIKOVSKY Autumn Song (“October” from “The Seasons”) op. 37b
Piotr TCHAIKOVSKY Valse sentimentale op. 51 no. 6
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor op. 40