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

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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.

“Spend just a few minutes in the company of Gluzman’s Brahms Concerto and, to call on an obvious cliché, you ‘know where he’s coming from’...Gluzman’s mellow tone, sensitively judged chords, unforced passagework, neat trills and athletic leaps hit their target each time.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

“With imaginative programming, superb musicianship and BIS’s usual very fine recording standard this is very much a ‘what’s not to like’ release and easy to recommend. I especially appreciate the respectful balance between solo and other instruments which creates more of a concert-hall feel rather than a more artificial studio set-up.” MusicWeb International, 28th June 2017

“The finale is an ebullient partnership between violin and the always excellent orchestra. The recorded sound is rich and full.” The Strad, July 2017

“Gluzman [plays with] heartfelt eloquence and unbridled passion [in the Violin Concerto]…Gaffigan’s unfailingly attentive Lucerne players sound almost chamber-like in their textural detailing…in the G major Violin Sonata Gluzman and the velvet-toned Angela Yoffe fully justify expectations…[they] uncover a yearning freshness in its introspective musings.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2017 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2017

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

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


Simon Fischer (violin), Raymond Fischer (piano)

Violinist Simon Fischer is joined by Raymond Fischer performing Johannes Brahms's three violin sonatas and the fiery Scherzo from the F.A.E. Sonata.

Simon Fischer is recognized as one of the pre-eminent musicians of our time, enjoying a distinguished and wide-ranging career as a performer, educator and recording artist. Raymond Fischer has performed as solo recitalist in the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, as accompanist, and in chamber ensembles in Great Britain, Australia and Germany.

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Edition Peters - EPS006

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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)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4806582

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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

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Disc of the Month - September 2016

Ondine - ODE12842

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Johanna Martzy

Johanna Martzy

Berlin, 1953-1966


 

Suite No. 1 in G Major (Allegro)

Fiocco/O’Neill

Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001

Brahms:

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

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester, Ferenc Fricsay

Handel:

Sonata in A Major for violin and continuo, HWV361, Op. 1 No. 3

Kreisler:

Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven

Danse Espagnole (after Falla)

Ravel:

Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré

Vivaldi:

Violin Sonata in D Major, RV10


Johanna Martzy (violin) & Jean Antonietti (piano)

The Hungarian violinist Johanna Martzy was considered one of the great hopes of her generation during the 1950s. From her base in Switzerland, she conquered all the major European concert stages from 1950 onwards. Through a chain of unfortunate events, her career had already passed its apex during the early 1960s. At the end of the decade, her career that had begun so brilliantly finally came to a complete standstill. The doubts of this serious and introverted musician outweighed her longing and temptation to live a life in the limelight. Because Johanna Martzy’s recording career only lasted four years, her name has become a legend amongst experts; her recordings are rare collector’s items. Her highly conscious, careful selection of repertoire was completely consistent with her way of making music. The clear, brilliant tone, without any frills, of her preferred Carlo Bergonzi violin lends her playing a definite profile that is easy to recognise. She limited herself to a very manageable number of works ranging from Bach to moderate modern composers, but mastered these utterly. In 1953 she was engaged by the RIAS (today: Deutschlandradio Kultur) to participate in a production of the Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 of Antonín Dvorák on the occasion of a concert with Ferenc Fricsay and the RIAS Symphony Orchestra. Since the orchestra at that time stood under the shock of impending disbandment, a recording of this same work with Deutsche Grammophon was made in order to gain financial support. Although both recordings were made in the same recording room within just a few days of each other, they are markedly different, especially in their respective sounds. The radio recording, which was long thought to have been identical to the recording made for commercial release, is being issued here for the first time.

During the 1960s, when Johanna Martzy had begun to withdraw from the major concert stages for private reasons, she regularly came to Berlin to give recitals with her piano partner Jean Antonietti. On these occasions, she also visited the recording studios of the RIAS a number of times. All of the recordings made there that still exist today can be heard in this edition. Johanna Martzy’s mastery and beauty of tone on these recordings are utterly convincing, and show that she was still at the height of her powers at that time.

Her death in 1979, hardly noticed by the general public, thus signified a tragic loss for the musical world.

“Another invaluable collection of Martzy recordings, including a glorious account of the Dvorak Violin Concerto recorded for Berlin radio in 1953, two days before the same artists recorded it commercially.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ****

“Beauty of tone is a distinctive hallmark of the Handel Sonata. It is a performance of refinement and nobility, with both players demonstrating a great affection for the music...Audite have done a wonderful job re-mastering these original analogue tapes from the RIAS archives, and sound quality throughout is top-notch.” MusicWeb International, 23rd June 2015

“a magnificent performance of great power and intensity, especially where it is most necessary, in the Adagio. I normally find non-Czech interpretations of this concerto easy to resist but Martzy and Fricsay pay such attention to the rhythms that the result is irresistible. Even if you have the DG version, you need this one.” The Strad, June 2015

Audite - AUDITE23424

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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.

Brilliant Classics - 94824BR

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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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$6.50

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Mischa Elman: The 1961 BBC Recitals

Mischa Elman: The 1961 BBC Recitals


Achron, J:

Hebrew Melody, Op. 33

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

arr. Wilhelmj

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E, BWV1006: Gavotte

Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

Brahms:

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

Espéjo:

Airs tsiganes, Op. 14

Handel:

Sonata in D major for violin and continuo, HWV371, Op. 1 No. 13

Kreisler:

Schön Rosmarin

Smetana:

From the Homeland: No. 2 ­ Andantino

Vitali, T:

Chaconne in G minor

arr. David


Mischa Elman (violin) with Joseph Seiger (piano)

Testament - SBT21475

(CD - 2 discs)

$21.00

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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 *****

Alto - ALC1010

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$6.50

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