Beethoven | Sonata No.2 in G minor Op.5 (1796)
Brahms | Sonata No.1 in E minor Op.38 (1862-65)
Shostakovich | Sonata Op.40 (1934)
Lydia Shelley (cello)
Nicolas Stavy (piano)
France-based Lydia Shelly and Nicolas Stavy offer a traversal of the cello sonata’s development, from Beethoven’s pioneering G minor sonata through to Shostakovich’s only essay in the genre, composed in 1934 just before Soviet authorities began censoring his work.
This event will take place in the Main Hall on the ground floor. For accessibility info: https://conwayhall.org.uk/about/visiting-us/
Pre-Concert Talk with Robert Hugill, 5:30pm | The History of the Cello Sonata
British composer, journalist, and lecturer Robert Hugill returns to Conway Hall for a free pre-concert talk exploring the evening's programme of music.
Growing out of the continuo sonata, the history of the cello sonata is one of the liberation of the cello. In early sonatas it doubled the keyboard, and we look at how the sonata moved towards the romantic, dramatic music of Brahms and Shostakovich.