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18.07.2017. Russia as heard through its cello music
Cellist Sarah Hong and pianist Makiko Ooka are Le Due Muse.
An entire history of 20th century Russian music could probably be written through the prism of music for cello, tracing a stylistic development from the last vestiges of Romanticism through the more astringent sounds of midcentury and perhaps back out the other end. Of course, most of it would involve the legacy of the great Mstislav Rostropovich, for whom most of that music was created.
Cellist Sarah Hong and pianist Makiko Ooka, who perform as a partnership dubbed Le Due Muse, are sampling that tradition with their recital this weekend. At the center is Nikolai Myaskovsky’s rarely heard Cello Sonata No. 2, written for the young Rostropovich in 1948.
Violinist Jiwon Evelyn Kwark joins the duo for piano trios by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.
— Joshua Kosman
Le Due Muse: 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23. $5-$23. Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F. (415) 474-1608. www.oldfirstconcerts.org