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With Antoine Tamestit, not only a former Artist in Residence travels to the Gendarmenmarkt for our Shostakovich tribute, but also one of the most sought-after viola soloists ever. In his recital with pianist Alexander Melnikov, he combines impressive late works.

Antoine Tamestit
Antoine Tamestit © Julien Mignot | Harmonia Mundi

In 1894, three years before his death, Brahms wrote the so contrary sonatas op. 120 for the famous clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld during the summer retreat in Ischl. Alternatively, he issued the melancholy first sonata and the serene second sonata for viola.

Dmitri Shostakovich's only work for viola is a farewell song of rare intensity. He finished the peculiarly time-removed, peacefully closing piece with his last strength a few days before he died on August 9, 1975 after a long serious illness.

  • Johannes Brahms - Sonata for Viola and Piano in F minor op. 120 No. 1
  • Johannes Brahms - Sonata for viola and piano in E flat major op. 120 No. 2
  • Intermission
  • Dmitri Shostakovich - Sonata for viola and piano op. 147
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Participating artists
Antoine Tamestit (Viola)
Alexander Melnikov (Klavier)
Konzerthaus Berlin - Kleiner Saal