Melbourne Digital Concert Hall presents cellist Timo-Veikko Valve in a concert for unaccompanied cello.
This program begins with a Chaconne for an unaccompanied bass instrument by the Italian composer Guiseppe Colombi, possibly the first work ever written for solo cello. It also seems that Sibelius was the first Finn to ever write for a lonely cello. His set of variations based on a folk melody was written in 1887 by a still rather young student, and like most of his music for cello, it was written for his brother Christian Sibelius. The dark and stormy Finnish landscape of this work contrasts with the lighter and uplifting suites by Bach in this program.
For Valve, “Home is a special feeling. Home is where we are spending lots of time these days, but for many of us home is also somewhere we cannot travel to. Bach is the most consoling music for me, it resonates in all situations. In this weird limbo we are living through the sounds from my homeland of Finland are also especially powerful.”
The programme: Guiseppe Colombi – Chaconne in G major/ Johann Sebastian Bach – Suite for unaccompanied cello in G major, BWV 1007/ Jean Sibelius – Theme and Variations for solo cello in D minor (1887)/ Johann Sebastian Bach – Suite for unaccompanied cello in C major, BWV 1009
Tickets: $20 + $4 admin costs.