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Work: Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40

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ComposerShostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)
Period20th century
Work typeInstrumental
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HamburgPablo Ferrández: Rising Stars

© Maxim Schulz
Bruch, Brahms, García Abril, Shostakovich
Pablo Ferrández; Luis del Valle

LisbonMartha Argerich and Mischa Maisky

Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky
Brahms, Schumann, Shostakovich
Martha Argerich; Mischa Maisky

LondonLydia Shelley & Nicolas Stavy

© Kevin Seddiki
Beethoven, Brahms, Shostakovich
Lydia Shelley; Nicolas Stavy

RomeAnton Spronk in Rome

Brahms, Stravinsky, Shostakovich
Anton Spronk; Giulia Loperfido

MontpellierTrio élégiaque

Rachmaninov, Shostakovich
Violetta Lukyanenko; Ekaterina Darlet-Tamazova; Cyrille Tricoire; Magnus Fryklund
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Verão Clássico: Chamber music rules in Lisbon

Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro and Adrian Brendel © Rita Carmo
Eldar Nebolsin, Corey Cerovsek and Gary Hoffman did not completely answer whether Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio is chamber music that wants to be a ballet score or vice versa, but the intoxicating beauty of their playing banished all doubts of whether the answer mattered. 
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Isserlis and Melnikov bring Russian intensity to Wigmore Hall

Steven Isserlis © Kevin Davis
There was depth and intensity from Steven Isserlis and Alexander Melnikov in this intriguing programme of Russian cello sonatas from old hands and new brooms.
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A splendid night of 20th-century cello music with Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar

Aleksandar Madžar and Nicolas Altstaedt © Keith Saunders
The first programme of Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar for their tour around Australia offered an insightful selection of 20th-century chamber music masterpieces.
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Pierre Fournier Award Winner's Concert at the Wigmore Hall: Mikhail Nemtsov

The memory of Pierre Fournier is one not many would dispute as anything but an inspiration to even the most well-established cellists on the scene today: the highly acclaimed cellist was, among other things, known for his supreme tone quality and musicality; he sadly passed away in 1986.
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Jakob Koranyi: Cello Sonatas at the Concertgebouw

The Small Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam has had some very exciting chamber music programs this season. Tonight’s concert involved one of the most promising young cellists on the scene, Jakob Koranyi, and pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips. They played a diverse program featuring solo cello pieces by Ligeti and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and cello sonatas by Brahms and Shostakovich.