Listen: Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and Pianist Alexander Lonquich

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt made his New York concert debut at the Frick. Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt made his New York concert debut at the Frick. (Marco Borggreve)

Listen to the New York recital debut of French-German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. "It's about time," said Anthony Tommasini in his review for The New York Times. Altstaedt was joined by the German pianist Alexander Lonquich and the program is hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.

Centered around music written in the early 20th century, this concert featured three works from 1914 and 1915: Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Nadia Boulanger's Three Pieces for Cello and Piano and Webern's Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major. A pair of earlier pieces by Beethoven and a Britten sonata written in 1961 provide historical context for the program.

The works by Debussy, Boulanger and Beethoven are included in the full program, in the audio file above.

Bonus tracks, featuring Britten's Sonata and Piano in C-Major and Webern's Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, are below.

Concerts from the Frick Collection airs on Mondays at 10 pm on WQXR.

Program:

Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano, L. l35
  Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
  Sérénade: Modérément animé
  Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux

Nadia Boulanger: Three Pieces for Cello and Piano
  Moderé
  Sans vitesse et a l’aise
  Vite et nerveusement rythme

Beethoven: Seven Variations on “Bei Männern welche, Liebe fühlen” from Die Zauberflöte

Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Major, No. 5, Op. 102/2
  Allegro con brio
  Adagio con molto sentiment d’affetto
  Allegro

Bonus Tracks:

Britten: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 65

Webern: Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11

 

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