A winner of the 1986 Naumburg Cello Competition, Mr. Diaz currently serves on the faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Part of the 2013-14 All School Project, “Russia: A Land and Its Influence”, this recital also featured the Sonata No.1 by Alfred Schnittke. Our program tonight:
Shostakovich: Sonata in D minor, Op. 40
Timotheos Petrin, cello; Wei Luo, piano
This sonata dates from 1934, when Shostakovich was 28. A talented pianist himself, Shostakovich toured with the work’s dedicatee, Viktor Kubatsky, one-time principal at the Bolshoi Theater. The sonata’s four movements are marked: Allegro non troppo; Allegro; Largo; and Allegro.
Prokofiev: Sonata in C major, Op. 119
Youna Choi, cello; Micah McLaurin, piano
Although he never suffered the severe persecution of his younger colleague Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev was subjected to Soviet government censure in 1948. By 1949 the situation had improved, and Prokofiev wrote this sonata for Mstislav Rostropovich. This sonata is constructed in three movements: Andante grave; Moderato; and Allegro, ma non troppo.
Music Word of the Week: Largo
“‘Broad’. A tempo indication which, when it first appeared in the early 17th century, was considered the slowest…The term ‘largo’ is often also used as the title of a slow movement or piece…” (from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)