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Two musicians originally from Shetland, cellist Abby Hayward and pianist Neil Georgeson, bring a varied and timely programme exploring national and regional identity. The programme draws on the 19th Century Nationalism movement in music, presenting pieces including "In My Homeland" and "National Song" by Edvard Grieg, who created a uniquely Norwegian music by drawing on regional folk music, and Peter Sculthorpe, who appropriated indigenous Australian melodies, as well as some new arrangements of traditional Shetland music. Also featuring an intriguing John Cage piece composed for the 200th anniversary of American Independence, and a transcendentally beautiful work written by Olivier Messiaen in a WWII concentration camp, as well as the complete works of Anton Webern for cello and piano and the spirituality of “Fratres” by Estonian composer Arvo Part, both of whom had their music banned by their respective governments. The great and profound Sonata in E minor for cello and piano by Johannes Brahms completes the programme.

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