A chamber music recital organised by the Ledra Music Soloists will be held on Monday with works for cello and piano performed by renowned cellist Péter Somodari and pianist Nicolas Costantinou. At Strovolos Municipal Theatre, the evening’s repertoire centres on works spanning a period of 205 years, covering, thus, a significant scope of the rich history of works for this combination of instruments.
The concert will begin with the Sonata No. 4 in C major by Ludwig van Beethoven. “Written in 1815,” say the organisers, “the Sonata is a striking example of all those innovations that make up the composer’s late period; fantasy and simplicity are juxtaposed with rigorous contrapuntal textures. Exactly a century later and in the midst of the First World War, Claude Debussy composed his own Sonata, the musical classicism and syntax of which merge with the composer’s ‘symbolist’ aesthetics and highly original exploration of harmonic language and colouristic textures.”
The audience will also have the opportunity to enjoy Gabriel Fauré’s two miniature masterpieces: the lucid and transparent Élégie and the congenial Sicilienne. Finally, the concert will conclude with Cypriot composer Constantinos Stylianou’s Sonata in C major, which was composed in 2020, during the general lockdown against the pandemic. Written in three movements, the Sonata is full of lyricism, energy, humour and passion and this performance also marks its world premiere.
200+ Sonatas for Cello and Piano
Chamber music recital with cellist Péter Somodari, and pianist Nicolas Costantinou. By the Ledra Music Soloists. September 20. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. €10,15. Tickets: www.soldoutticketbox.com and Stephanis Stores