Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 (Regen-Sonate, Rain Sonata, Regenlied)

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Beethoven, Mozart & Brahms: Violin Sonatas

Beethoven, Mozart & Brahms: Violin Sonatas


Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

Brahms:

Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Mozart:

Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454


Georg Kulenkampff (violin) & Sir Georg Solti (piano)

Georg Solti’s first recordings were as a pianist – those with the great German violinist Georg Kulenkampff, here collected in their entirety. The two artists recorded Brahms’s G major sonata in February 1947 and Beethoven’s ’Kreutzer’ Sonata in June 1947. They completed the Brahms sonatas in July 1948. Sadly, this would be their only collaboration. Kulenkampff died on 4 October 1948, after a brief illness. He was only 50.

In these recordings with Kulenkampff, Solti’s exceptional abilities as a listener, his accomplishments as a repetiteur and his instinct as a soloist combine in perfect harmony. He is discreet but never excessively deferential in accompanimental passages, and bold but never obtrusive when the piano assumes a soloistic or quasi-orchestral prominence, especially in the Brahms sonatas and Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’. These recordings were made in the days when it was still standard practice to favour the violin acoustically, perpetuating the invidious idea of the pianist as mere ‘accompanist’. Yet through the very quality of his tone and impeccable judgement of his rhythm, Solti redresses the balance despite being somewhat ‘recessed’ by the recording team.

“This recording reveals what a magnificent technique [Solti] possessed … his playing is pretty good, and often remarkable for his very sparing use of the pedal […] [Kulenkampff’s playing] of the slow movement is exquisitely expressive.” Gramophone Magazine, February 1964 (Beethoven)

“The great virtues of Kulenkampff were his sweet lyrical tone and his exquisite phrasing … this is glorious playing [Brahms Op. 78] by both artists. The last page of the slow movement is really tremendous, and touched with inspiration.” Gramophone Magazine, May 1965 (Brahms)

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Brahms: The Violin Sonatas

Brahms: The Violin Sonatas


Brahms:

Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

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


Christian Tetzlaff (violin) & Lars Vogt (piano)

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.

“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.” Gramophone Magazine, September 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.” The Guardian, 14th August 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” Classical Ear, September 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” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016 ***

“These are thought-provoking and scrupulously intelligent performances.” MusicWeb International, 29th December 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - September 2016

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Arthur Grumiaux plays Beethoven, Brahms, Stravinsky, Debussy

Arthur Grumiaux plays Beethoven, Brahms, Stravinsky, Debussy

Mozarteum, Salzburg 27/7/1961


Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 No. 1

Brahms:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Debussy:

Violin Sonata in G minor

Stravinsky:

Divertimento (transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin from Le Baiser de la Fée)


Arthur Grumiaux (violin) & István Hajdu (piano)

In a time when we have grown accustomed to the continual emergence of ever more, newly acclaimed wonder violinists, both male and female, it is all the more striking to hear recordings of the great violinists from just a few decades ago. Unlike today, they possessed much individuality of character, and were recognisably different in their style, technique, tone and musical approach. One of the most distinctive representatives of a violin 'school', of a kind that no longer exists today, was the great Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux. He had a smooth, supple tone, a wonderful legato and was famous for his Mozart and his Bach (he was also, incidentally, a highly competent pianist!). Orfeo's live concert recording offers a typical example of his art in concert programming, for here he contrasts two Classical sonatas with one work each from the Neoclassical and Impressionist periods. There is early Beethoven, then Brahms, Stravinsky and Debussy – one Classicist and three variants on Classicism – and all perfectly rounded off with a Ravel encore that is as virtuosic as it is elegant.

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Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - Salzburger Festspieldokumente - C912151B

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Brahms: The Three Violin Sonatas

Brahms: The Three Violin Sonatas


Brahms:

Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

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


Augustin Dumay (violin) & Louis Lortie (piano)

Following their critically acclaimed recording of the Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas for ONYX, Augustin Dumay and Louis Lortie turn now to Brahms. His 3 Sonatas for violin and piano form the most important body of music for this combination after the 10 Beethoven sonatas.

From the reflective melancholy of the G major, to the sunny A major and ending with the grand and passionate D minor work, Brahms’s creative genius pushed the violin sonata form into new territory and reveal Brahms at the height of his powers.

“Dumay and Lortie bring fresh insights to such well-loved music. Their approach to the G major Sonata is particularly mesmerising...Needless to say, the rest of this beautifully engineered disc abounds in oustanding and musically perceptive playing, a superbly judged mixture of warmth and purity in the A major Sonata, and high-octane urgency” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 *****

“I am enthralled by this new recording of warm and deeply felt accounts by Dumay/Lortie.” MusicWeb International, 26th January 2015

“A cherishable recording, captured in atmospherically glowing sound.” The Strad, March 2015

“There's a lot to enjoy in these performances…Dumay and Lortie phrase beautifully and play with real individuality throughout.” International Record Review, March 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - January 2015

Onyx - ONYX4133

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Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)


Kristof Barati (violin) & Klara Wurtz (piano)

The three violin sonatas of Brahms are core repertoire for every violinist. Each a masterwork in its genre it offers vintage Brahms: lyrical, mellifluous melodic lines, sumptuous harmonics, instrumental richness and that unmistakable Brahmsian mixture of passion, melancholy and intimacy.

A deeply musical performance by two Hungarians: Kristóf Baráti and Klára Würtz, who already received rave reviews for their recording of the complete violin sonatas by Beethoven (BC 94310): “reference recording” (the leading German daily newspaper), 5 Stars (Diapason), “Amazing..once you’ve heard Baráti and Würtz you’ll never listen to anyone else again” (Fanfare), “Truly exceptional..dazzling range of bow strokes and ear‐ringing intonations…deeply compelling emotional narratives…a highly distinguished release“ (The Strad on Baráti’s Ysaye recording, BC 94678).

Recorded in the spectacular acoustics of the new Concert Hall in Pécs, Hungary.

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Violin Sonata No. 1

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Violin Sonata No. 1


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Oleg Kagan (violin)


Alto - ALC1248

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Sonatas with Richter

Sonatas with Richter


Brahms:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 39 in D major, Hob.XVI:24

Mozart:

Violin Sonata No. 26 in B flat major, K378


Sviatoslav Richter (piano) and Oleg Kagan (violin)

“The Haydn is wonderful: mercurial, sharply intelligent, brim-full of energy. However the Mozart is a bit staid, while the Brahms outer movements are surely too fast. A very mixed bag.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2008 *****

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Brahms: Violin Concerto & Violin Sonata No. 1

Brahms: Violin Concerto & Violin Sonata No. 1


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Angela Yoffe (piano)


Vadim Gluzman (violin)

One of Johannes Brahms’s sunniest works, the Violin Concerto in D major was conceived during the summer of 1878, which Brahms spent by the idyllic Wörthersee in Kärnten, Austria. By the end of the summer he was able to send the violin part of the first movement, and the beginning of the Finale to his friend Joseph Joachim. Brahms asked Joachim for advice regarding the writing for violin, and also told him that he was planning a work in four movements. By the time Joachim gave the first performance of the work, on New Year’s Day 1879, the two had discussed the work in depth, Brahms had replaced the two projected inner movements with the glowing Adagio, and Joachim had composed a first version of his own cadenza, which still is the one most often performed.

Vadim Gluzman, who on BIS has previously released Romantic war-horses such as the concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch to critical acclaim, now takes on Brahms with the support of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester under James Gaffigan. He combines it with the composer’s Violin Sonata No. 1, written more or less in tandem with the concerto, performing it with his wife and recital partner Angela Yoffe.

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Brahms: The Violin Sonatas

Brahms: The Violin Sonatas


Brahms:

Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Schumann:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105: II.


Ingolf Turban (violin), Gabriele Seidel-Hell (piano)

To celebrate his 30th performing jubilee in April 2016, Ingolf Tur-ban has recorded the violin sonatas of Johannes Brahms. This artist is proud to offer his listeners something special to stand out from the not inconsiderable competition in this field: Each sonata receives its own instrument in order to develop, in each case, the special tone for the particular voice with which Brahms, as the lover, speaks to his secret beloved - with diffe-rent "voices", as it were, all from the same mouth.

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Oehms - OC1867

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Brahms: Horn Trios and Two Violin Sonatas

Brahms: Horn Trios and Two Violin Sonatas


Brahms:

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108


Wolfgang Vladar, Bojidara Kouzmanova-Vladar, Magda Amara

Golden Viennese horn sound, full and at the same time tender piano and velvet, emotional violin sound and vibrato is the beginning of this recording which opens the gate to the powerful, romantic world of Johannes Brahms' music. Deep feelings and musical thoughts are presented with technical easiness, keeping the musical phrase and expression in the center of the listener's attention. The only idea this recording really shows off are Brahms' words "I speak through my music".

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Paladino Music - PMR0078

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