Wednesday 26th August at 7pm (AEST)
Timo-Veikko Valve – The Unaccompanied Cello
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.
This program begins with a Chaconne for an unaccompanied bass instrument by the Italian composer Guiseppe Colombi. It is quite possible that this is 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.
I presented this concert in Austria when I was 18 or 19 years young. It was my very first overseas solo recital. I thought that it might fit well as my very first live stream solo recital. I am now 38…
Timo-Veikko Valve – Cello
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