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Sicilienne, Op. 78 Steven Isserlis 03:47
Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 16 : Gavotte Steven Isserlis 02:58
Violin Sonata No. 3, WoO 2: III. Intermezzo (Arr. for Cello and Piano) Steven Isserlis 03:15
Gavotte, Op. posth. Steven Isserlis, Pascal Devoyon 02:56
Prokofiev: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 58: I. Andante Paavo Järvi, Steven Isserlis, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Sergei Prokofiev 05:33
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33 : Menuet Steven Isserlis, Michael Tilson Thomas 04:39
There Will Come Steven Isserlis, Philharmonia Orchestra 05:35
Rachmaninoff: Oriental Dance, Op. 2 No. 2 Stephen Hough, Steven Isserlis, Sergei Rachmaninov 05:02
Franck: Le Sylphe, CFF 140 Rebecca Evans, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough, César Franck 04:58
Dvořák: 4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 (Transcr. Isserlis): No. 4, Larghetto Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih, Antonín Dvořák 07:51

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The acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis was born into a musical family where playing music was an integral part of daily life. He has an unbridled enthusiasm for music and actively promotes music to younger audiences and is a advocate of playing traditional gut-stringed instruments. In a recent BBC radio interview he recounted an anecdote about his pianist grandfather who, on arrival in Vienna in 1922, sought out lodgings. He found a suitable flat but the landlady, who was 102, reportedly refused to take a musician as a tenant because her aunt had previously had bad experiences with a musician who was noisy; the tenant's name was Ludwig van Beethoven.

Isserlis' talent for storytelling led him to write two children's books on the lives of famous composers: 'Why Beethoven Threw the Stew' and 'Why Handel Waggled His Wig'. His favoured instrument is the famous De Munck Stradivarius, a cello played by Ernest de Munck, and which is now owned by the Nippon Music Foundation who loan historic instruments to suitable recipients.

Isserlis is a successful recording artist known for his wide repertoire and has recorded works by Debussey, Ravel, Schumman, Bach and Prokofiev. He also actively promotes classical festivals to celebrate all kinds of classical music.