Viola Sonata

Shostakovich: Sonatas

Dmitri Shostakovich was a very prolific composer. He wrote highly original symphonies and chamber works, and he had to do so when artists experienced a high degree of government control in Russia.

On this CD, Oleg Kagan, violin, and Yuri Bashmet, viola, perform Shostakovich’s sonatas for violin and for viola, as accompanied by Sviatoslav Richter.


  • Violin Sonata, Op. 134
  • Oleg Kagan (violin)
  • Viola Sonata, Op. 147
  • Yuri Bashmet (viola)

Accompanied by the legendary Sviatoslav Richter, piano

• This audio CD will be issued on January 8, 2013
• Label: Melodiya

Here is the Shostakovich Violin Sonata op.134 with Gidon Kremer, violin:



And next, here are Yuri Bashmet and Sviatoslav Richter, performing the Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano, third movement:


As a comparison, here’s a later interpretation of the the Dmitri Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano op. 147, with Yuri Bashmet (viola) and Ksenia Bashmet (piano):


Tags: Dmitri Shostakovich, violin Sonata, Viola sonata, Bashmet, Richter, Kagan

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