On October 2, 2015, Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan, longtime recital partners who “play with a dazzling technique and a level of communication and expression so clear that they can practically finish each other’s phrases” (Boston Classical Review), release their first album together on Decca.
The duo chose for this first recording the Chopin and Rachmaninov cello sonatas, monumental works for both instruments that they have been exploring together in concert for years. The two sonatas are also accompanied by shorter works by each composer – Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 and Chopin’s Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7 as well as his Introduction et Polonaise brillante for piano and cello in C major, Op. 3.
Following the release of the album will be a six-country tour in November, in venues ranging from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul, with stops in Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen and Bonn. In early February Inon and Alisa reunite in the U.S. for two more appearances: in Fort Worth and at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall.
“Playing in a duo context with Inon is rewarding because we think in similar terms, we have a unique connection,” says Weilerstein. “We respond to each other in an instinctive way, without having to talk about it.”
Barnatan agrees: “Alisa and I have fun together. We can sense right away when the mood changes, or something different is happening, and we trust each other enough to be able to follow those paths wherever they lead. It’s rare to find a partner like that. I feel very lucky.”