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THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2009 BOCCHERINI Sonata for Cello No.6 in A CRUMB Sonata for Solo Cello BEETHOVEN Sonata for Cello and Piano in C, Op.102 No.1 BRAHMS Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor, Op.38 MARTINU Two anniversaries are marked in this concert. American composer George Crumb celebrates his 80th birthday on 24 October; his short solo cello sonata explores a range of emotions from contemplative musings to dramatic gestures. 2009 is the 50th anniversary of Bohuslav Martinu’s death. His Variations on a theme of Rossini was written in 1942 for the Russian-born cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Alongside these less well-known works, Richard May and Olena Shvetsova will perform one of Beethoven’s late cello sonatas and Brahms’s E minor Sonata of 1865. The concert finishes at approximately 9.10pm