Brahms: Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

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Zimmermann & Gerstein: Sonatas for Viola & Piano Vol. 2

Zimmermann & Gerstein: Sonatas for Viola & Piano Vol. 2


Brahms:

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Schubert:

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821


Tabea Zimmermann and Kirill Gerstein return to the studio to record the follow-up to their highly praised first duo album. The new disc includes spellbinding performances of three late works by significant 19th century composers: Brahms mature Sonata in F minor, Schubert‘s melancholic Arpeggione sonata, and Franck‘s splendid Sonata in A major, all masterly performed on viola. This new disc explores three works by major 19th-Century figures, each written during the composers’ final years. All three works on the new recording were originally composed for an instrument other than viola.

One of Brahms’ final chamber works, the dramatic Sonata in F minor, was intended for clarinet, though Brahms himself adapted the work to the range and technical possibilities of the viola. Also near the end of his life was Franz Schubert when he wrote his superb 'Arpeggione' sonata. The work was commissioned by a friend of the composer’s, who requested a sonata for a new kind of instrument: the arpeggione, a hybrid between the cello and the guitar. Written just four years before his death, César Franck’s A major sonata is also beloved by cellists but has been rarely heard from violists.

Tabea Zimmermann is one of the leading contemporary viola players worldwide. Awarded the Echo Klassik as Instrumentalist of the Year in 2010, Zimmermann has recently been Artist in Residence at the Cologne and Luxemburg Philharmony, as well as the Kunstfest Weimar, Bozar Festival Brussels and the Elbphilharmonie Konzerte in Hamburg. Of her recent disc of Bach and Reger solo suites, Gramophone wrote: “here is playing full of warmth, of depth, of meditation and of full maturity … gorgeous.”

Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein has quickly proven to be one of today’s most intriguing young musicians. Recipient of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award, Gerstein’s solo release on myrios classics, featuring music by Schumann and Liszt, was played, according to The New York Times, “with exquisite technique, refined musicianship and engrossing imagination”, and was shortlisted by the NY Times’ Holiday Gift Guide as one of the 25 best classical recordings of 2010. This SACD release from myrios classics is available from harmonia mundi UK on January 14, 2013, as is the back catalogue.

“The lyricism of Schubert's Arpeggione (for the six-stringed, cello-like instrument) and the melodic generosity of the Franck (originally for violin) gain new vigour in these fiery performances.” The Observer, 17th February 2013

“It is understandable that Tabea Zimmermann should be completely at home recording these works on the viola, for each one has something special to say on this instrument...if playing the opening [of the Franck] on the viola softens its character, once Zimmermann and Gerstein get going, all its passionate impulse is fully revealed.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

“These first-rate chamber musicians play these three late works with a rare sensitivity of understanding and delicacy of nuance.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****

“Zimmermann sticks to his version and makes it work memorably… she mostly eschews any attention-grabbing portamento, and her tone acquires at moments an appropriate reediness… this lovely performance is imbued with that untranslatable Viennese quality, gemutlichkeit…excellent recording” The Strad, December 2013

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Playing and Teaching the Viola: Yuri Bashmet

Playing and Teaching the Viola: Yuri Bashmet

a film by Jacques Deschamps


Bach, J S:

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

(viola tr.)

Brahms:

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Dvorak:

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Schubert:

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821


Yuri Bashmet (viola)

Young Yuri was brought up on Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. Filmed during the summer of 1990, taking advantage of glasnost. Students: Danilo Rossi, Andrei Gridchuk, Claire Bobij

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Viola Concerti

Viola Concerti


Brahms:

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

orch. Berio

Bruch:

Romance for viola & orchestra/piano, Op. 85

Sabin:

New York Souvenir

Schubert:

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

orch. Davidson


Patricia Pollett (viola)

Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Werner Andreas Albert

This is Pollett's debut solo CD, and shows that the viola has more going for it than the traditional elegy!

Tall Poppies - TP084

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Brahms: Viola Sonatas & 2 Gesange Op. 91

Brahms: Viola Sonatas & 2 Gesange Op. 91


Brahms:

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Viola Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Two songs for contralto with viola obbligato, Op. 91

Sara Mingardo (alto)


Luca Sanzò (viola) & Maurizio Paciariello (piano)

This new recording contains Brahms’ complete music in which the viola plays a solo part: the two Sonatas Op. 120 and the 2 Gesänge Op. 91, for alto, viola and piano.

Brahms’ two viola sonatas are masterworks of his late style: the perfect handling of the sonata form sets the structure for autumnal reminiscenses and melancholic introspection, alternated by either passionate or tender interludes.

Beautiful performances by violist Luca Sanzo and pianist Maurizio Paciariello, who made an excellent recording of Hindemith’s Viola Sonatas for Brilliant Classics (BC94782): “Strong performance….a real winner” (Musicweb).

A special treat is the voice of Sara Mingardo in the Zwei Gesänge, one of the foremost altos of today, who sung with Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun-Chung, Rinaldo Alessandrini.

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Brilliant Classics - 95281BR

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Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Op. 120

Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Op. 120


Brahms:

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Viola Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Herzogenberg, H:

Legenden, Op. 62


Ashan Pillai (viola), Juan Carlos Cornelles (piano)

Verso - VRS2157

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Brahms: Yuri Bashmet Volume 1 - Vinyl Edition

Brahms: Yuri Bashmet Volume 1 - Vinyl Edition


Brahms:

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Viola Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2


Yuri Bashmet (viola) & Mikhail Muntian (piano)

Firma Melodiya presents chamber music by Johannes Brahms performed by Yuri Bashmet and Mikhail Muntian. Two Viola Sonatas, Op. 120, by Johannes Brahms composed in 1894, signify an actual completion of the composer’s creative life and the epoch of German music romanticism in general.

The name of Yuri Bashmet is known to any music aficionado. A viola player, conductor, teacher and tireless public figure, he has been an active performer for almost forty years, a performer of the entire viola repertoire of academic music and an initiator of numerous works by contemporary composers. Pianist Mikhail Muntian has been Yuri Bashmet’s constant ensemble partner (along with Bashmet’s teacher Fyodor Druzhinin, he took part in the premiere of Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata). Their joint concert performances and recordings are notable for a splendid ensemble partnership, absolute integrity of performing ideas and in-depth comprehension of a musical text.

Brahms’s sonatas was recorded in 1984.

Melodiya - MELLP0053

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Sonatas for Viola and Piano

Sonatas for Viola and Piano


Brahms:

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Viola Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Schubert:

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821


Yuri Bashmet (viola) & Mikhail Muntian (piano)

Firma Melodiya presents chamber music by Johannes Brahms performed by Yuri Bashmet and Mikhail Muntian. Two viola sonatas by Johannes Brahms, Op. 120, composed in 1894, signify an actual completion of the composer’s creative life and the epoch of German music romanticism in general. The name of Yuri Bashmet is known to any music aficionado. A viola player, conductor, teacher and tireless public figure, he has been an active performer for almost forty years, a performer of the entire viola repertoire of academic music and an initiator of numerous works by contemporary composers. Pianist Mikhail Muntian has been Yuri Bashmet’s constant ensemble partner (along with Bashmet’s teacher Fyodor Druzhinin, he took part in the premiere of Shostakovich’s viola sonata). Their joint concert performances and recordings are notable for a splendid ensemble partnership, absolute integrity of performing ideas and in-depth comprehension of a musical text. Brahms’s sonatas was recorded in 1984.

Melodiya - MELCD1002187

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The Art of Lionel Tertis

The Art of Lionel Tertis


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

arr. Tertis

Bax:

Viola Sonata

Brahms:

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Delius:

Violin Sonata No. 2

arr. Tertis


Lionel Tertis performed for his instrument the service that Casals did for his: that of raising it from the obscurity of orchestral rank-and-file to respected solo status. The present re-issue offers four of his most important recording including the Bax Sonata, written for Tertis, accompanied by the composer.

“Tertis’s portamentos all feel right, the richness of his tone is extraordinary, and Cohen’s accompaniment is passionate and eloquent...Such is the quality of this performance [Delius’s Violin Sonata No. 2] that I would struggle to think of a recording of the original version that is more persuasive.” International Record Review, December 2014

Heritage - HTGCD261

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Brahms: Five Sonatas for Violin & Piano

Brahms: Five Sonatas for Violin & Piano


Brahms:

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

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

arr. for violin

Viola Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

arr. for violin

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

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

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100


Jerrold Rubinstein (violin), Dalia Ouziel (piano)

Pavane - ADW7398

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Fantasie

Fantasie


Brahms:

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Hindemith:

Sonata for Viola & Piano in F major, Op. 11 No. 4

Schumann:

Märchenbilder (4), Op. 113

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73


Mariko Hara (viola), Ryoji Ariyoshi (piano)

ARS Produktion - ARS38135

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