Brendel at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate

26 February 2013

Adrian-Brendel-MAIN-photoMusic is in the blood, as cellist Adrian Brendel – son of one of the world’s most acclaimed pianists, Alfred Brendel – will demonstrate this Sunday in Harrogate.

Adrian will play alongside Alasdair Beatson on piano as part of the Harrogate International Festivals’ Spring Sunday Series, at 11am at the Old Swan Hotel. The globally-renowned cellist performs extensively as a soloist and in chamber music throughout Europe, the US and Japan.

Adrian will open Sunday’s performance with the first of five cello sonatas by Beethoven, widely considered the first great composer of the cello sonata, followed by Stravinsky’s only work for cello, an arrangement of his Pergolesi ballet, Pulcinella. Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G Minor allows both the cello and piano to enjoy equal, virtuosic solo parts, and closes the concert in style.

He may be shadowed by greatness in the shape of his father, but this is a chance to see why Adrian Brendel is now considered as one of the leading cellists of his generation.

Adrian Brendel and Alasdair Beatson, 11am, Old Swan Hotel, Sunday 3 March. Box Office: 01423 562303, visit

Ticket prices £17 and £15.50

Full programme:

Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in F, Op. 5/1

Stravinsky Suite Italienne

Rachmaninov Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19

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