Critic’s Choice

Tue Apr 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

After a lull last week, classical music is back. British cellist Steven Isserlis and Canadian pianist Connie Shih offer a delightful, chestnut-free program centered on Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D Minor and Martinů’s Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano. These large works are complemented by Reynaldo Hahn’s Deux improvisations sur des airs irlandais and the Cello Sonata No. 2 of Fauré. Their program ends with Lieux retrouvés, the work composed by Thomas Adès for Isserlis.

Go to the Library of Congress 8 p.m. Friday even if you cannot get an advance ticket in time. Show up early to be in line for an unclaimed seat to this free concert. loc.gov

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At the Clarice, violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Joyce Yang pair old favorites by Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky with two newer pieces: Stravinsky’s Divertimento (after “The Fairy’s Kiss”) and Brett Dean’s Berlin Music, from 2010. This concert starts 3 p.m. Sunday in College Park. theclarice.umd.edu


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