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Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square



Ludwig van BeethovenCello Sonata no.2 in G minor, Op.5 no.2
Johannes BrahmsCello Sonata no.1 in E minor, Op.38
~ Interval ~
Dmitry ShostakovichCello Sonata in D minor, Op.40


Lydia Shelley – cello
Nicolas Stavy – piano

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Programme Note

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.


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.

Lydia Shelley (c) Kevin Seddiki

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