St Christopher

Maxim Rysanov and Ashley Wass
Event 8
Friday October 12th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Treasures of the viola
Bohuslav Martinů
Sonata for viola and piano
Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite no 3 for solo cello (arr Rowland-Jones)
Dobrinka Tabakova
Whispered lullaby
Claude Debussy
Claire de Lune, La fille aux cheveux de lin (arr Borisovsky)
Maurice Ravel
Pavane (arr Borisovsky)
Gabriel Fauré
Elégie op24 (arr Rysanov)
Richard Dubugnon
Incantatio for viola and piano, op12b

This is an archived event from the 2012 programme.

Maxim Rysanov viola;  Ashley Wass piano

Maxim Rysanov is one of the world’s finest and most charismatic viola players, said to have a “rich and gorgeous” tone, “honeyed yet extremely clear”, and “the technical perfection and ferocity of the virtuoso”.

“Rysanov’s tone is full and perceptively shaded, his ornamentation neat and unobtrusive, his use of the viola’s individual timbre and colouristic spectrum judicious” (Geoffrey Norris, Telegraph)

“The warmth of Rysanov's viola left you wondering why composers bother with the violin” (Evening Standard)

Bach’s third cello suite is a transcendent masterpiece that sits well on the viola. Martinů’s superb sonata is intensely lyrical and rhapsodic, and infused with nostalgia for the folk-music of his homeland. 
Two pieces were written specially for Maxim:

• Swiss/French composer Richard Dubugnon’s virtuosic Incantatio – attractive and inventive, lyrical and rhythmic.
• Dobrinka Tabakova’s radiantly beautiful nocturne, Whispered lullaby, inspired by a passage from Goethe’s Faust – a full moon glistens in a still lake.

The remaining pieces are arrangements of well-loved works by Debussy, Ravel and Fauré.

Both performers are much in demand as chamber musicians and soloists, and both won BBC New Generation Artist awards.

Maxim Rysanov is one of the most exciting and accomplished viola players in the world.

“Maxim Rysanov plays the viola with an assurance which is breathtaking. Hearing him play is like hearing music for the first time – not a succession of notes but something close to poetry. It was the high point of my concert-going this year” (Simon Collings, Oxford Times)

He has won numerous prizes, and his first three CDs all won Gramophone Editor’s Choice awards.  He was soloist at the 2010 Last Night of the Proms, televised worldwide.

Ashley Wass has been described as an “endlessly fascinating artist” (Classic FM), a “very special, precious talent” (Independent), and “a thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold” (Gramophone).  Many of his recordings have won golden opinions – a Bax CD was heralded as the “benchmark version”.

Maxim Rysanov's website can be accessed by clicking here. Ashley Wass's website is here.