This Tuesday, 28 January at Purcell room (Southbank Centre), Kobekina and Okros will perform music by Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. Both winners of major international competitions, including Tchaikovsky competition and Hong Kong International competition, Anastasia and Luka will join forces to interpret the most iconic cello and piano repertoire.
Although friends since many years, Anastasia and Luka only recently started playing together. Nevertheless, their mutual musical thinking is immediately noticeable. Olga Jegunova offers our readers an insight into their recital, and talks to the musicians about their view on chamber music, chosen repertoire and how Russian music has evolved.
Kobekina and Okros concert opens with Stravinsky’s Suite italienne – a light-hearted arrangement of movements from his neo-classical ballet Pulcinella.
Fellow composer Nikolai Myaskovsky dubbed Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata ‘a miraculous piece of music’ on its debut in 1950, no doubt thanks to its blithe and buoyant spirit.
The evening concludes with Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata in G minor: an example of its kind that showcases the composer’s delicate understanding of the potential of the instrument.