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chamber Music

KIAN SOLTANI / JULIEN QUENTIN

Debussy, Schumann, Schnittke, Shostakovich
Kian Soltani’s charismatic playing brings a refreshing interpretation to works by Schumann, Debussy, Shostakovich and Schnittke in collaboration with pianist Julien Quentin.
Programme

CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Cello Sonata in D minor

ROBERT SCHUMANN
Adagio and Allegro Op. 70

ALFRED SCHNITTKE
Cello Sonata No. 1

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor Op. 40

Composed in 1849, Schumann’s two-movement Adagio and Allegro op.70 was originally conceived for horn, but its mellow romance made it also an instant, perfect fit for cello. Schnittke’s Cello Sonata No 1 of 1978 surrounds a racing, Shostakovich-reminiscent Presto with two emotionally searing largos, its harmonic language playing with two of tonal music’s traditional building blocks: the interval of a third, and the perfect cadence. Consisting of a heartfelt Prologue, an elfin Sérénade and a triumphant Finale, Debussy’s Cello Sonata of 1915 was his first chamber work since the String Quartet of 1893, and he proudly described its proportions and form as “almost classical in the good sense of the word”. Shostakovich’s lyrical and unusually conservative-voiced four-movement Cello Sonata also borrows from classical form, and shares its composition year of 1934 with Schnittke’s birth.