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“One must speak the truth about the past or not at all.”


Dmitri Shostakovich

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Friday 15 October 2021, 20:15

The Hague: Paleiskerk

winter sonata

Dana Zemtsov viola

Anna Fedorova piano



Grigori Frid
Viola Sonata

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata quasi una fantasia, opus 27/2 ‘Mondschein-Sonate’

Dmitri Shostakovich
Viola sonata in C-major, opus 147

A sonata like a novel

The viola sonata is Shostakovich’s swan song, in his own words composed like a novel, full of quotes from earlier work. Ramsey Nasr based his poem Winter Sonata on this masterpiece. Shostakovich composed this work, his last, after his colleague and friend Grigori Frid had played his viola sonata to him: an idiosyncratic piece that will be performed with the sonata for which it was a spark of inspiration. Shostakovich based the final adagio of his sonata on Beethoven’s Mondschein Sonata which is also on the programme.


The violist Dana Zemtsov performs as a soloist with leading orchestras. She shares the stage with her regular duo partner: the beloved concert pianist Anna Fedorova. For Channel Classics, they recorded the duo CD Silhouettes, which received praise for its “seamless interplay” and “refined phrasing” (four stars in de Volkskrant).

Order tickets : € 10,00 – € 27,50

The Hague: Paleiskerk

Dana and Anna perform Enescu’s Pièce de Concert.

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