George Crumb Solo Sonata for solo cello
Ben Hackbarth Liquid Study no 3 for cello and realtime electronics (world premiere)
Benjamin Britten Suite no 1 for solo cello
Jonathan Aasgaard, principal cellist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and John Wilson Orchestras, performs solo cello repertoire that straddles both sides of the Atlantic. American composer George Crumb wrote his solo sonata in 1955 whilst still a student and the work is less experimental than his later compositions. Ben Hackbarth, Head of Composition at the University of Liverpool, studied composition with renowned American composer Roger Reynolds. Hackbarth’s Liquid Studies explore an imagined sonic physics based on the behaviour of fluids. Benjamin Britten’s Suite no. 1, premiered a decade after Crumb’s solo sonata, is the first of three suites modelled on Bach and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich.
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