Australian cellist Clancy Newman returns to the PNC Recital Hall after his sensational debut last year to perform Chopin’s elegiac Sonata for Cello and Piano with David Allen Wehr. Besides the piano, the cello was Chopin’s favorite instrument, and the composer revels in the instrument’s rich sonorities, finding a constant stream of imaginative ways to combine and contrast the cello with the piano. Schumann created the imaginary “League of David” as a vehicle to oppose the musical “Philistines” who fought acceptance of the new and innovative ideas espoused by Schumann and his cohort of young firebrands. The musical result is a suite of 18 short and inspired piano pieces displaying the inward and extroverted sides of the composer’s personality and also, incidentally, a musical love letter to Clara.
Clancy Newman, cello
David Allen Wehr, piano
Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 65
Two Nocturnes, op, 32
Davids-League Dances, op. 6
Fantasy-Pieces for Cello and Piano, op. 73