Shostakovich: Sonata in d minor op.40 performed by Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud

Duration : 26 minutes

Alexandre Tharaud and Jean-Guihen Queyras perform Dmitri Shostakovitch's Sonata in d minor op.40. Concert recorded on 1 February 2018 at the Radio France Auditorium (Paris).

Shostakovitch was only 28 when he composed his Sonata for cello and piano. The work was commissioned by his friend the cellist Vikto Kubatski. It was with the latter that Shostakovitch performed the work for the first time on 25 December 1934 in the Petite Salle of the Leningrad Conservatoire.

A work from his youth, the sonata is full of lyrical accents that evoke the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff, noticeable from the tranquil opening of the very first movement. According to Pierre-Emile Barbier, this opening movement expresses a succession of various moods, "clearly expressed by the abundance of metronome indications and nuances". It is the result of two sleepless nights following a quarrel between Shostakovitch and his wife Nina.

The other three movements alternate between lyricism and irony, as is often found in the music of Shostakovitch.

Chostakovitch, Berg, Brahms performed by Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud
Full concert
Shostakovich, Berg, and Brahms by Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud
Auditorium de Radio France
Dmitri Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich
All artists
  • Jean-Guihen QueyrasPerformer
  • Alexandre TharaudPerformer