Anssi Karttunen, cello & Nicolas Hodges, piano
ASHKAN BEHZADI Foldings (US Premiere) BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 PASCAL DUSAPIN Slackline (US Premiere, Cal Performances co-commission SEAN SHEPHERD New Work (World Premiere, Cal Performances co-commission) BRAHMS Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99 Two heroes of new music--Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, who has performed more than 160 world premieres, and British pianist Nicolas Hodges, long associated with the works of Elliott Carter, Thomas Ades, and Harrison Birtwistle--make their Cal Performances debut as a duo. Brahms' grand Sonata in F Major and Beethoven's visionary D-Major Cello Sonata are paired with new works by two pace-setting young composers: American Sean Shepherd and Iranian-born Ashkan Behzadi; plus the US premiere of Pascal Dusapin's Slackline. Karttunen observes, "[With Slackline]...the cello-piano repertoire now has a new masterpiece, almost Mahlerian in its scale."