The repertoire detailed here is only a sample. I appreciate that some audiences prefer to hear fresh interpretations of the familiar (Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninov for example), but I hope that listeners will be tempted to reach out into the unknown, whether they are looking for a concerto to fit into an existing programme, a cello and piano recital, or a trio concert.
A few ideas are suggested below, but I am very happy also to collaborate with organizers to produce tailored programmes.
The range of cello concertos in existence is astonishing, and there are some extraordinary works outside the comparatively narrow selection of works that are played regularly (Haydn, Schumann, Dvořák, Elgar, Saint-Saëns …). Why not consider one of Moeran, Korngold, Leighton, Finzi, Bloch, Glazunov, Johann Strauss, or Shostakovitch?
Watch Joseph play the Moeran Cello Concerto
CELLO AND PIANO
Suggested English Programme
W. Macfarren – Sonata (1861)
E. Wallen – Dervish (2001)
S. Coleridge-Taylor – Variations (1905) OR Dyson – Sonata (1904)
G. Swayne – Four Pieces (1970)
E. Moeran – Sonata (1947) OR J. Ireland – Sonata (1923)
Suggested Russian Programme
I. Genishta – Sonata no. 1 (1834)
M. Balakirev – Romanza (1856?)
C. Cui – Orientale (1893)
A. Krein – Mélodie (1928)
A. Arensky – Humoresque (1891)
D. Smirnov – Sonata (1978)
S. Rachmaninov – Sonata (1901) OR N. Potolovsky – Sonata (c.1902)
The Year 1949
Four major cello sonatas were composed within a year of one another, by Elliot Carter, Alan Rawsthorne, Francis Poulenc, and Nikolai Myaskovsky. Yet they could hardly be more different in style. Rawsthorne is terse, Poulenc expansive; Carter is unflinchingly modern for its day, while Myaskovsky yearns for the nineteenth century. Two or more of these works could form the basis of a highly stimulating programme.
The early twentieth century was a particularly fertile period for the cello, and any decade could provide a whole array of repertoire. The 1920s saw sonatas by Roslavetz, Honegger, Bainton and Ireland, and these composers could provide a perfect platform for looking either backwards or forwards.
SELECTED ENGLISH WORKS
Sonatas by Bainton, Balfe, Bantock, Bax, Bridge, Britten, Clarke, Delius, Dyson, Foulds, Ireland, Macfarren, Moeran, Rawsthorne, Sterndale Bennett. Shorter works by Ayres, Bantock, Beamish, Britten, Bush, Coleridge-Taylor, Ellicott, Harvey, Heath, Swayne, Wallen.
SELECTED RUSSIAN WORKS
Sonatas by Genishta, Gnessin, Kabalevsky, Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Potolovsky, Rachmaninov, Roslavetz, Schnittke, Shostakovitch, Smirnov. Shorter works by Arensky, Balakirev, Cui, Gabrilowitch, Glazunov, Glière, Krein, Tchaikovsky.
SELECTED OTHER WORKS
Sonatas by Barber, Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Franck, Grieg, Hindemith, Karg-Elert, Kodály, Liebmann, Poulenc. Shorter works by Bloch, Beethoven, Chaminade, Chopin, Copland, Dvořák, Erkoreka, Fauré, Henze, Janáček, Lachenmann, Liszt, Lutoslawski, Moscheles, Schumann, Sibelius, Suk, Vivaldi, Webern.
WORKS FOR PIANO TRIO AND CLARINET TRIO
I work regularly in the Summerhayes Piano Trio, with Catherine Summerhayes and Adam Summerhayes, whose commitments include being leader of London Concertante. Our repertoire covers the well and less well-known works, including trios by Arensky, Austin, Beethoven, Bush, Dunhill, Dvořák, Ellicott, Lyatoshinsky, Ravel, Schubert, Shostakovitch, and Verne-Bredt, among others.
A typical programme might include works by Arensky, Beethoven and Shostokovitch.I also work in the Clifton Trio, with Nicholas Shipman (clarinet) and Stefan Hofkes (piano). The clarinet trio repertoire is very interesting and includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Leighton, Powers, and Zemlinsky, among others.
A typical programme might include works by Beethoven, Leighton and Brahms.