David Wilde – extraordinary pianist and musician, pupil of Franz Reizenstein and Nadia Boulanger – is the veteran of nine Delphian piano recordings, documenting his remarkable Indian summer as a performer. More recently, Delphian has turned its attention to his compositional output, with a survey of the works that emerged from Wilde’s ‘Bosnian’ period, when he travelled to besieged Sarajevo to help preserve the city’s cultural life and earned the friendship of colleagues including the heroic members of the Sarajevo String Quartet.
Performed by cellist Robert Irvine and his colleagues in Red Note Ensemble, The Cellist of Sarajevo has astounded the critics:
‘A musical voice that communicates with the immediacy and authenticity of direct, lived experience.’ (Gramophone)
‘This is very powerful, interesting and extraordinary music… It’s controlled, it’s focused, it’s beautifully organised as well as deeply felt.’ (BBC Radio 3 Record Review)
Click here to listen to clips from the recording and to find out more about the repertoire.