When it is just Weilerstein and her cello, you can’t tell the two apart. You can see her seated, hugging her instrument, as a cellist must. But the resonances that resulted in the intimate Wallis had the same kind of presence as might someone sitting next to you and singing in your ear. The sound might easily have come from her voice, her lungs and her being.
The cellos are coming! This summer’s BBC Proms, announced yesterday, will feature no fewer than ten cello concertos, as well as a chamber music concert for multiple cellos. An article about the cello invasion in the new Proms booklet is headlined “No more second fiddle”, which is slightly bizarre — but we know what it means. Alisa Weilerstein certainly does. “Whenever I tell people I play the cello, they always say. ‘Oh, it’s my favourite instrument’,” she says. “Yet most orchestras will programme a maximum of two cello concertos a year — far fewer than violin concertos. And piano concertos are more