PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet Suite, Op.64 arranged for wind quintet
SHOSTAKOVICH Viola Sonata Op.147
STRAVINSKY Suite Italienne (based on Pulcinella) for violin and piano
KAPUSTIN Flute Sonata Op.125
KAPUSTIN Sweet Georgia Brown for clarinet/‘scat’ singer, viola, double bass and piano
Ruth Gibson, Ensemble 360’s brilliant viola player, presents Shostakovich’s brooding Viola Sonata, the composer’s final work. There are sections full of zest and life, yet the nature of the final movement with quotations from so many of the composer’s earlier works suggest that Shostakovich knew his end was near.
The final items in the concert could hardly be a greater contrast. The music of Nikolai Kapustin is a treat: this prolific composer trained in the great Russian piano tradition and now composes in the great American jazz tradition.
Experience thrilling live music by the world’s greatest Russian composers, performed up close in the Crucible Studio this May. See the full festival diary here.