Schostakovic and Prokofiev cello Sonatas, Gabriele Geminiani & Monaldo Braconi
The album, recorded in May 2021 at the Teatro Unione in Viterbo, is entirely dedicated to what are considered among the most beautiful pages of the chamber music repertoire: the "Sonata in C major" opera 119 by Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich's “Sonata in D minor” opera 40.
A project that shows the strong bond that the two interpreters have with Russian music: in 1997 Gabriele Geminiani at the international competition “M. Rostropovich "in Paris was awarded the special prize for the best performance of the piece" Spins and Spells "by K. Saariaho and in October 2002 he was invited to perform, also in Paris, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the competition, under the direction of Rostropovich himself; Monaldo Braconi lived for several years in St. Petersburg, where he completed his studies with Maestro Oleg Malov at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Braconi, commenting on the Sonatas, states: “melancholy, depth and, at the same time, majesty emerge; they are sonatas that seem to start from some gray tones that suddenly become full of strong tones, of bright colors. It is a great, immense, powerful music, full of profound meanings that can certainly be fully understood only by deeply experiencing Russia and the Russians ".
“Prokofiev & Shostakovich Cello Sonatas” was presented in prestigious frames and schedules as Rai Cultura the historic Villa Livia residence on the Via Appia Antica in Rome, on the occasion of the “Appia Antica Chamber Music Festival 2021”; the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, on the occasion of the “Incontri con la Musica 2021” review.
Gabriele Geminiani: cello | Monaldo Braconi: piano
Sergei Prokofiev - Cello Sonata in C Major, Op.119
I - Andante grave II - Moderato III - Allegro, ma non troppo
Dmitrij Shostakovich - Cello Sonata in D Minor, op.40
I - Allegro non troppo II - Allegro III - Largo IV – Allegro