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Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

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    Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 102 No. 1 (1815) 15'‎
    Benjamin Britten: Tema "Sacher" for solo cello (1976) 1'‎

    Frank Bridge:‎
    Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, H. 125 (1913-17) 21'‎
    Scherzo for cello and piano in D minor, H. 19a (1902) 4'‎
    Mélodie for cello and piano in C sharp minor, H. 99 (1911) 4'‎
    Spring Song for cello and piano in G major, H. 104 No. 2 (1912) 3'‎

    Benjamin Britten: Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 65 (1961) 26'‎


    Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
    Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
    • Tuesday 13 April 20:00
  • €32
  • Hall 2 Oriol Martorell
  • Chamber Music

Despite their young age, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason –two of the seven brothers and sisters in a family of British musicians– are already global stars with a solid track record in chamber music ensembles, mostly with their family. In this concert for duo, they explore Beethoven’s late period, with the enigmatic Sonata No. 1, written in two quick movements in sonnet form, which was somewhat unusual and a harbinger of the revolutionary changes reflected in later sonnets.

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Next, we will delve into Benjamin Britten’s music for cello with the very brief Sacher Theme, composed for a collective project that Mstislav Rostropovich commissioned to various composers as a tribute to Swiss conductor Paul Sacher. Four works by Frank Bridge, Britten’s teacher, reveal the different facets of creation: the Sonata as a complete work, a Scherzo which is the revision of an earlier work, the Mélodie that is often performed with the Scherzo and a Spring Song from the Four Short Pieces, as though an independent work. Britten’s Sonata, one of the five works that the British composer dedicated to Rostropovich, completes the circle.

Playlist of the concert

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