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Fantasiestücke, Opus 73
Robert Schumann
Cello Sonata No. 1 in D minor
Claude Debussy
Drei kleine Stücke, Opus 11
Anton Webern
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Opus 99
Johannes Brahms


Davies Symphony Hall

Wed, Feb 21, 2024 at 7:30PM

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Event Description

Today’s Stars, Tomorrow’s Legends: Catch ascendant soloists in their Davies Symphony Hall recital debuts. 

Lauded for his rich, warm, and mesmerizing sound, see why Gabriel Martins has established himself as one of the world’s most compelling young musicians.


These are four great works from the cello repertoire spanning a variety of different styles. We will start with Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, originally for clarinet. This work consists of three character pieces that increase linearly in energy and excitement, starting with the most inwards poetry and ending with the outwards, fiery exuberance. Then we will play the Debussy cello sonata, one of the composer’s last and most richly detailed compositions. It is arguably the greatest French cello work, and it explores a completely different color palette than the rest of the program. Next comes Webern’s Drei kleine Stücke, which although highly modern in aesthetic, was actually composed one year before the Debussy sonata. This is an extremely compact work, with the three movements totaling only two-and-a-half minutes of music, but every note is a pearl. Finally, we circle to Brahms, Schumann’s dear friend. His F-major sonata includes the most beloved sides of his compositional style, coupling deep integrity of writing with raw, burning emotion.

—Gabriel Martins

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