One cannot speak of Russian music without acknowledging the everlasting contributions of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Their masterpieces for the cello and piano reflect the entire spectrum of human emotions, from deep pain to overwhelming joy, touching the souls of listeners profoundly.
Besides sharing the same heritage, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff also shared similar adversities and struggles during their lifetime, partly due to the Soviet Union’s political regime then. Music became the means through which they could channel their innermost thoughts and feelings, at a time when there was little freedom of thought or creativity. Both composers wrote only one sonata for cello and piano, and both works are monumental and influential in the history of music. Come experience the essence of the passionate Russian soul !