Brahms: The Violin Sonatas

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Brahms: The Violin Sonatas


Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - September 2016



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12th Aug 2016




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Brahms: The Violin Sonatas


Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2

Christian Tetzlaff (violin) & Lars Vogt (piano)



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Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff, together with pianist Lars Vogt, offers an exciting program of Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). This new release continues a successful series of recordings of violin chamber works by the duo.

Johannes Brahms’s Violin Sonatas are among the greatest masterpieces in 19th-century chamber music. Brahms wrote these sonatas between 1878 and 1888,at the height of his creative powers. With these powerful works Brahms brought the genre of violin sonatas into a new dimension. Included is also Scherzo movement from the F. A. E. Sonata which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich in 1853.

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

I. Vivace ma non troppo

II. Adagio

III. Allegro molto moderato

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100

I. Allegro amabile

II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace

III. Allegro grazioso (quasi andante)

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Un poco presto e con sentimento

IV. Presto agitato

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata in A Minor "F-A-E"

III. Scherzo in C Minor, WoO 2

Gramophone Magazine

September 2016

“a breathtaking balance of poise and daring...Tetzlaff and Vogt take obvious pleasure in details without losing sight of the larger picture, whether it’s a phrase, a movement or an entire work. Indeed, they sharply delineate the individual character of each sonata.”

The Guardian

14th August 2016

“Tetzlaff’s distinctive, quicksilver playing, capable of extreme pianissimo, suits the intensity and introspection in each...The performances are agile, airborne, refreshingly unpredictable and alive with exhilarating freedom.”

Classical Ear

September 2016

“Peers but individuals too; and the tellingly close rapport between Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt is exemplified in the last movement of the G major sonata…it’s a graphic study in numerous soft shades, graphically captured here. They exemplify the depth of thought, concentration and impassioned feeling that infuse these interpretations”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2016


“I get the impression that Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt want to drag the composer out of his book-lined study and seal the door. It’s beautiful playing, tonally and expressively, and very musical, but it’s also surprisingly open – Brahms after an expensive course of Viennese psychotherapy”

MusicWeb International

29th December 2016

“These are thought-provoking and scrupulously intelligent performances.”

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