ALEXANDER BAILLIE - Cello http://www.baillie.de
CDE 84124 BERNARD STEVENS CELLO CONCERTO,
A SYMPHONY OF LIBERATION
Alexander Baillie is internationally recognised as one of the finest cellists of
his generation. He began playing the cello at the comparatively late age of
twelve having been directly inspired by the late Jacqueline du Pré. He went on
to study at London's Royal College of Music with Joan Dickson and Anna
Shuttleworth and with André Navarra in Vienna.
Appearances with British
orchestras have included the Elgar Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra
under Andrew Litton, the Schumann Concerto with the BBC Symphony under Marek
Janowski at the Proms, the Walton Concerto under the late Sir Alexander Gibson
with the Royal Philharmonic, the Dvorak Concerto with the City of Birmingham
Symphony under Sir Simon Rattle. He has also directed and performed the Haydn
and Boccherini concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra.
Baillie's contribution to contemporary music has seen the Canadian premieres of
Penderecki's 2nd Cello Concerto in 1992 and the H.K. Gruber Concerto in
Winnipeg, and most recently Andrew MacDonald's new concerto (commissioned by the
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra). He has performed at the BBC Proms, premiering Colin
Matthew's Concerto in 1984, in 1988 Henze's "Sieben Liebeslieder" under the
composer's direction, in 1989 Takemitsu's "Orion and Pleiades", the Delius and
Schumann Concertos and in Beethoven's Triple Concerto.
recent engagements have included touring the Elgar Concerto in Germany, concerts
at the Royal Palace in Oman, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No2 in Boston under
Benjamin Zander, and Haydn's C Major under John Eliot Gardiner, recitals at the
Wigmore Hall, the European premiere of George Lloyd's recently discovered cello
concerto, the premiere of Stephen Watson's new concerto with the Hallé,
performances in the 4nd International Festival au Cote des Isles, France and
touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland..
include Elgar's Concerto on Conifer, the Tippett Triple Concerto on Nimbus with
Sir Michael Tippett conducting, and the recently released Gordon Crosse Concerto
with the BBC Symphony and Martyn Brabbins on the N.M.C. label. His recordings of
the Britten Cello Suites and the Sonata achieved the highest acclaim in the New
"Many other cellists have made a strong claim on this
repertory (Britten's Suites for Cello). Perhaps the most successful is Alexander
Baillie." New York Times
2005 saw the composition of two unusual and
major new works for the duo in which Baillie plays with pianist James Lisney.
Jan Vriend's "The Anatomy of Passion" received its World premiere at London's
Wigmore Hall in December. A substantial work comprising a half hour of
technically and emotionally challenging bravura expressing the composer's
passion and verification of his roots and sources of inspiration. By way of
complete contrast Thomas Schmidt-Kowalski's "Atlantis" sonata, the third of his
three cello sonatas so far is a work of disarming and blissful lyriscism. A
stream of ecstatic melody propels this unashamedly romantic evocation of the
legend of Atlantis and its message of purification. Atlantis receives its
British Premiere on 12 July 2006 at London's Purcell Room.
Later in the year,
recordings of the three sonatas will be released on the newly created Woodhouse
Shortly to be on general release is the film
"DVORAK...WHO? By Jan Harlan which features Baillie playing the concerto and
working with young musicians of the European Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. The
film has so far been most warmly received and singled out for its transparent
portrayal of what can be achieved by way of communication through the
performance of music.
In December together with his students from the
Bremen Hochschule ("CelloSoundBremen") he will take part in the ninth Profil
Intermedia Festival. The subject is the language of communication.
autumn sees the launch in London and simultaneously in Bremen and Barcelona of
"The Red Hedgehog" This is a chain of "Music Café" relaxed-ambience-venues. Red
Hedgehog was the tavern in Vienna frequented by Brahms. Music is heard in a
Hauskonzert atmosphere; concert performances but informal between "sets"
Alexander Baillie is Professor of Cello at the Bremen Hochschule für Künste
and Guest Visiting Professor at the Australian National Academy of Music in
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