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“Superb artistry … [Hsin-Yn Huang’s] tone was rich and earthy, and she negotiated each phrase with remarkable agility and expressive acumen.”—Chicago Tribune

Ignat Solzhenitsyn is “an uncommonly thoughtful, communicative musician.”—The New York Times

The realms of politics and art were rarely separate in Soviet Russia: composers could be hailed as heroes one day and condemned as traitors the next. Despite the treacherous political climate, these artists created some of the century’s most meaningful masterpieces. Prokofiev’s Eighth Piano Sonata was written towards the end of World War II, with the composer in exile from Moscow to escape the Nazi invasion. In Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata—his final work, from 1975—we hear the thoughts of a man who reportedly slept next to a packed suitcase, in case he would be arrested overnight.

Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn (son of the Nobel Prize-winning dissident writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) brings his personal understanding of the Soviet experience to these masterpieces of the artistic spirit.

Sonatas from the Soviet Era

Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84
SHOSTAKOVICH: Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147

This concert is approximately 70 minutes long, with no intermission.


  92Y Concerts at SubCulture is a co-presentation of 92Y and SubCulture.

This concert takes place in SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St.

PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No.8 in B-flat major, Op.84

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