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Gifted Hungarian cellist István Várdai presents a solo recital of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3, followed by the spectacular Solo Cello Sonata by compatriot Zoltán Kodály. Mastering an “oaky complexity” of tone (Washington Post), Várdai plays the oldest surviving Stradivarius cello, the 1673 “Ex du Pré-Harrell,” almost as remarkable as the artist himself.

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“His performance was a knockout punch. . . with deeply-layered musical integrity and innovation, [the work] allowed the cello’s capacity to shine and for Várdai to flex his considerable musical muscle with great dynamism.”
– Bachtrack


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István Várdai, solo cello

Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 11:00 am Walter Reade Theater

We deeply regret that due to a family emergency, István Várdai's Sunday Morning Coffee Concert has been canceled. Ticket holders should call 212.875.5050 to discuss refunds or exchanges.


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