Performance Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello
Fazil Say, Piano

Weill Recital Hall
Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, called “compelling” (The New York Times) and praised for his “muscular playing” (The Guardian), partners with Fazil Say, one of the most notable pianist-composers of our day. Two 20th-century cello sonatas are featured. Debussy’s is brief but beautiful, while Shostakovich’s has one of his trademark sardonic scherzos, a melancholy Largo, and impish finale. There’s also colorful music by Janáček inspired by a Russo-Turkish fairy tale, and Say’s evocative portrait of the cities on the Anatolian peninsula of his native Turkey.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello
  • Fazil Say, Piano


  • DEBUSSY Cello Sonata
  • FAZIL SAY Dört Sehir (Four Cities)
  • JANÁČEK Pohádka (Fairy Tale)
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Sonata
Distinctive Debuts is supported by endowment gifts from The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
This performance is part of Distinctive Debuts.

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