Raphael Wallfisch has very close emotional ties to the extensive and multifaceted repertoire of our new series featuring »Cello Concertos by Jewish Composers in Exile.« As a cellist he has dedicated himself to the music of composers who were condemned to silence during the Third Reich and had to leave the countries of their birth in order save their lives. His own parents, both of them musicians, were born in what was then Breslau, Germany (today’s Wrocław, Poland). They survived the Holocaust and eventually made their way to England. They were personally acquainted with Berthold Goldschmidt, Franz Reizenstein, and Hans Gál, who were living in British exile. Castelnuovo-Tedesco wrote his concerto for Raphael Wallfisch’s teacher Gregor Piatigorsky. Both had emigrated to the United States for the same reason. So now here is Vol. 1 with the concertos by Gál and Castelnuovo-Tedesco – the latter work in an absolute world-premiere recording!