Programme: Rachmaninov: Eight Romances, arr. for cello & piano Schnittke: Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano Schumann: Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73 Shostakovich: Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op. 40 The exciting Russian cellist Boris Andrianov will be giving a rare London recital together with legendary pianist Eleonora Bekova pairing two highlights of romantic music by Rachmaninov and Schumann with two of the pinnacles of 20th-century cello composition by Schnittke and Shostakovich. Rachmaninov’s Romances are better known as songs for voice but take on a sublime beauty when performed by cello whilst the Fantasy Pieces are amongst the most loved of all Schumann’s writing. By way of contrast, the Schnittke and Shostakovich place exceptional demands on the performers with movements of haunting soundscapes and profound poignancy.