Shostakovich: The Two Viola Sonatas, Op. 40 & Op. 147, The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a


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15 Σεπτεμβρίου 2022

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Suite from “The Gladfly”

Viola Sonata, Op. 147


Håvard Gimse (Piano), Lars Anders Tomter (Viola)

(All works are transcribed for Viola and Piano)

The four-movement Sonata op. 40 was written in August and September of 1934, is in four movements and worked strictly in the classical style (incl. double bar and repetition in the thematic structure). It was originally written for cello, but the dedicatee and premiere performer Viktor Kubatsky himself, with the composer’s suggestion, made a version for viola, which was not completed until after Shostakovich’s death. Here it is recorded for the first time. The second sonata, op. 147, is the last work from the composer’s pen, written in the summer of 1975. Five days before his death, Shostakovich completed the proofs on Aug. 5. A touching farewell to life, composed in the composer’s most personal and austere style.