Alisa is very excited to announce the upcoming release of Shostakovich: Cello Concertos 1 & 2, coming from Decca Classics on September 23. Alisa worked on both cornerstones of the cello repertory with the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, for whom both concertos were written, and who was a great friend of the composer. Here, she performs the intense but emotionally suppressed first concerto, in contrast with the sarcasm and isolation of the second, with conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Alisa Weilerstein performs Matthias Pintscher’s Reflections on Narcissus at the BBC Proms this Sunday, August 21, joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall with the composer on the podium. Listen here to her “rhapsodic, compelling” (New York Times) interpretation of this work — inspired by the story of Narcissus, the mythic Greek hunter who fell in love with his own image — during the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial.
Alisa Weilerstein returns to the Lucerne Festival on August 16, joining Bernard Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for her “heart-wrenching” (New York Times) account of Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. Find tickets here to this concert at the KKL Luzern, which also includes performances by the orchestra of Dvořák’s Noonday Witch and Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”.