Steven Isserlis, cello & Kirill Gerstein, piano
Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 7:30 PM

Cellist Stephen Isserlis performs in recital with pianist Kirill Gerstein in a program that includes Isserlis's own transcription of Schumann's Violin Sonata No. 3.

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Returning to the Kennedy Center in his Fortas debut after an appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra last season, Steven Isserlis performs cello sonatas by Britten and Rachmaninoff. Kirill Gerstein, winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, joins "the cello's best ambassador," (The Times, London) in celebrating Schumann's 200th birthday. Together they perform Isserlis's own transcription of the master composer's Violin Sonata No. 3, here interpreted by cello and piano. This fascinating and addictive music gives listeners a look into Schumann's final lucid period before the encroaching insanity that marked his last years of life. Part of the Kennedy Center's Focus on Russia.

Running Time:  90 Minutes
Act I:  40 minutes
 Intermission:  15 minutes
Act II:  40 minutes
 

Program and Notes

    Benjamin Britten
    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 65
    Robert Schumann
    Violin Sonata No. 3
    Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19

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