A Wigmore Hall series of 4 concerts called In the Shadow of War has opened in September. Future concerts to involve musicians such as Janine Jansen, Joshua Bell, Denes Varjon and Alexander Melnikov. You can read the review of the first concert here.
Steven’s album with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, ‘In the Shadow of War’, is available in selected stores and Amazon – downloads on iTunes are also available.
Isserlis’s spellbinding advocacy of Bridge’s masterpiece has acquired a plangent intensity. … A most distinguished release.
The recording is also a ‘Gramophone Choice’ and is available on the Gramophone Player.
Hauntingly titled ‘In the Shadow of War’ and accompanied by an insightful essay by Steven Isserlis, this outstanding collection finds the great cellist at the peak of his powers, playing with a poetic urgency that galvanises the attention… Isserlis gives a bravura performance of elemental power, spectacularly recorded and sensitively accompanied, whose enraptured poetic musings resonate long in the memory after the music has ended.
Juian Haylock, Sinfini Music
If you’re looking for a modern recording of Schelomo I can’t think of a better one than this.
Nigel Simeone, International Record Review
Inhabited with searing, sometimes terrifying beauty by Steven Isserlis… The committed support of Hugh Wolff and the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin is a vital component of the performance’s impact, and the recording is outstanding as well… Altogether an outstanding hybrid SACD.
BBC Radio 3 CD Review 06/04/2013