Watch cellist Hannah Collins perform Moto Perpetuo e Canto quarto from Britten’s Suite no.1 for Solo Cello op.72. The piece was written at the end of 1964 and dedicated to legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who gave the first performance of the work in 1965 at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Collins says, ’This is the final section and I just love the way it brings the whole journey to a close, weaving together this virtuosic, almost menacing moto perpetuo with the open-hearted soaring canto that opens the entire suite and weaves throughout.’
The video was filmed in the Christ Church Neighborhood House in Philadelphia with audio and video by Four/Ten Media.
Collins is currently assistant professor of cello at the University of Kansas School of Music. She holds degrees in cello performance from Yale School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, with her principal mentors including Stefan Reuss, Ole Akahoshi, Aldo Parisot, Michel Strauss, Robert Mealy, and Marcy Rosen. Collins also holds a biomedical engineering degree.
This work features in Collins’ new album Resonance Lines, released on 24 Septemer on the Sono Luminus label