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Music from the Russian titans

Musicians Sorin Alexandru Horlea and Anita Tomasevich will hold a concert next Sunday to present two monumental works by the two composers known as the true titans of Russian music, Dimitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev.

Hosted in Technopolis 20’s venue, Horlea on the violin and Tomasevich on the piano will play two of the greatest pieces by Shostakovich and Prokofiev. The two Russian composers were important not only to their home country but also the rest of the musical world.

Soviet composer, pianist and conductor, Prokofiev was the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.

Performed on the evening will be Sonata for Violin and Piano Op 80 by Prokofiev, written between 1938 and 1946 and one of the darkest and brooding of the composer’s works. Cast in four movements of approximately equal length and lasting about a half-hour, this tormented Sonata for violin and piano, often called “the great sonata”, ranks as one of the most important works of Prokofiev’s music.

Shostakovich’s Sonata for Viola and Piano Op 147, also on the agenda, was his last work. It was completed just a few weeks before his death and it is dedicated to violist Fyodor Druzhinin. It’s dark in tone and unsettled in mood, but tempered by an air of resignation, most strongly felt in the slow finale, with its haunting references to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Written in three movements, it is a music narrative of epic proportions and surely among one of the most significant pieces written for the viola.

Russian Titans
Music from violinist Sorin Alexandru Horlea and pianist Anita Tomasevich. March 3. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 7pm. €10.

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