Unhappy finish for a hovering British cellist

We remorse to report the dying, yesterday in Jerusalem, of one of many brightest cellists of his era, the British virtuoso Marius Could.

Could, who was 61, had been affected by pancreatic most cancers. He’s survived by two chldren, Amiel and Alma, and by his brother, the thinker Simon Could.

Within the mid-1970s, after I acquired the concertgoing bug, Marius shone like a beacon amongst a rising pack of British cellists – Raphael Wallfisch, Steven Isserlis, Colin Carr, Robert Cohen, Alexander Baillie, Julian Lloyd Webber – who strove to fill the void left by the horrible sickness of the irreplaceable Jacqueline Du Pré. Marius was the primary amongst them to have dates with all of the London orchestras and a pack of brokers and file producers at his heels.

He made his first file, for Decca’s John Culshaw, on the age of 15.

However, though his mom Maria Lidka was an expert violinist, he was by no means reduce out for the aggressive nature of the music enterprise. Little by little, 12 months after 12 months, he withdrew from efficiency. Thirty years in the past he moved to Israel.

Eric L Wen, who visited Marius final week, has despatched us this account:
Marius was by no means occupied with profession success. In actual fact, he turned greater than a bit of disillusioned by the entire advertising equipment that ultimately dominated classical musical life. He emigrated to Israel about 30 years in the past, and continued his deep devotion to music within the privateness of his own residence to the top. He studied scores, practiced The Effectively-Tempered Clavier and Artwork of Fugue of J. S. Bach on the piano, and continued to good his cello enjoying. Regardless of his reclusiveness, his cello enjoying was higher than ever.

Maybe much more putting than his phenomenal musical present, was his penetrating perception and readability about folks. He had this uncanny perception at the same time as a teen, after I first knew him. And I don’t know a extra loyal good friend. I spent 4 days with him final week in Israel, and even within the closing battle along with his horrible illness, he displayed a generosity of spirit, to not point out a eager humorousness, that was actually fairly unbelievable. On the day I left Jerusalem, 5 days earlier than he died, he took out the cello and performed a couple of passages. Regardless of being laid up in mattress and never touching the instrument for weeks, Marius’s inimitable sound, so filled with knowledge and intimacy, was nonetheless there. It was an unforgettable second.

He’s unknown to Wikipedia, and barely to Google.


Steven Isserlis as soon as tweeted:

Cellists are a pleasant bunch (principally). Pondering again to my Wigmore Corridor debut in 1977 (groan) – response was blended. What cheered me most afterwards was a name from Marius Could, then probably the most well-known younger cellist round, who advised me intimately what he’d actually preferred about it. So variety.

— Steven Isserlis (@StevenIsserlis) June 5, 2018

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