Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello
Gloria Chien, Piano
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|Debussy:||Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano in D Minor|
|Rachmaninoff:||Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19|
|Fazil Say||Dört Şehir (Four Cities), Op. 41|
|Piazzolla:||Le grand tango|
“Armed with a technique that seems to know no limitations” (The Australian), cellist Nicolas Altstaedt puts his broad artistic sensibilities on display with works reflecting several different cultures. Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano employs his quintessential French chromaticism in both gentle and animated melodies—a style carried on by Nadia Boulanger, who urged Piazzolla to infuse his music with his native Argentine tango. Soviet Russian heroic motifs pervade Rachmaninoff’s sonata, while Franghiz Ali-Zadeh employs more contemporary themes with elements of Middle Eastern music in her Gabil-Sajahy.