david finckel (cello) & wu han (piano)
REPERTOIRE 

Duo Programs - 2023-24 (Click here for trio programs)


I. Romantic Voices          
Strauss: Sonata in F-Major, Op. 6

Brahms: Sonata for Piano and Cello in e minor, Op. 38
Grieg: Sonata for Cello and Piano in a minor, Op. 36
    


II. The Russian Cello       
Prokofiev:  Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, op. 119 (1949)

Shostakovich:  Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor, op. 40 (1934)

Rachmaninov:  Sonata for Piano and Cello in g minor, op. 19 (1901)


David Finckel and Wu Han’s Russian Cello program tells the story of music in Russia during that nation’s most turbulent period, from just before the first revolution of 1905 to the end of the second world war. During this approximate half-century, Russia and many of its cities changed names; the last Tsar was assassinated and the Soviet Union was born; famine, purges and war claimed the lives of millions; and yet, through it all, art and music survived to tell the story of a nation and its people. Shostakovich Sonata of 1934 speaks not only of the troubled days around it, but also of Shostakovich’s own personal turmoil at the time. Prokofiev’s sonata of 1949 looks back to the popular style of his film and ballet music, as he was forced by official decree to glorify his country with patriotic, accessible music. And to conclude this tempestuous program, the duo closes with Rachmaninov’s magnificent sonata of 1901, composed at the request of a cellist friend as Rachmaninov emerged (with the help of hypnosis) from a dry spell to pen this great work along with his immortal second piano concerto.


III. Four Cultures           
Debussy: Sonata in d minor for Cello and Piano (1915)

Bruce Adolphe:  “Couple” (composed in 1998 for David Finckel & Wu Han)

Mendelssohn: Sonata No. 2 in D Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 58 (1842–43)

Grieg: Sonata for Cello and Piano in a minor, Op. 36

 

 

IV. Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Sonatas for Piano and Cello (1796-1815)


About the Beethoven Cycle program, David Finckel and Wu Han comment: “We’ve mentioned more than once that if we did not have these five great sonatas from the composer we revere above all others, that we might not even be playing duos!  That is how essential we consider these works, not only to our professional lives but to our inner selves as musicians. There is no substitute for learning these pieces if one hopes to be a serious cellist, especially on the recital stage. We are happy that we learned and recorded them early in our career, as they have taught us much about music and about ourselves along the way, and they continue to be an irreplaceable facet of our musical lives. It has been a joy for us to share this cycle with audiences on three continents through performances of it in every season so far in our career.”                

 

8/2022

Trio Programs - 2023-24 season

1.  Last Words

First work: Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, “Archduke”

Second work:    Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, op. 100, D929

 

 

2.  Romantic

First work:        Debussy: Piano Trio in G major

Second work:    Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15

Final work:       Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in c minor, Op. 66

 

 

3.  International Flavor

First work:      Beethoven: Variations on Wenzel Müller’s song
"Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu" for Piano Trio in G major

 

Second work (choose one):       

Debussy: Piano Trio in G major

-or-
Debussy: Sonata in d minor for Cello and Piano

 

Third work:     Coleridge-Taylor:  Four African Dances for Violin and Piano,
Op. 58

 

Final work (choose one):          

Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15  

-or-
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in c minor, Op. 66

 

 

 4. Mixed

First work (choose one):           

Beethoven:       “Kakadu” Variations for Piano Trio in G major

-or-
Debussy: Piano Trio in G major

 

Second work (choose one):       

Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15  

-or-

Four African Dances for Violin and Piano, Op. 58 / (together with) Debussy: Sonata in d minor for Cello and Piano

 

Final work (choose one):          

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, “Archduke”

Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, op. 100, D929

Mendelssohn C minor

 

 

Please advise with your preferred program.  

 

Note:  Some additional combinations from the above may be possible upon request and with approval by the trio; please contact us to consult

July 2022