Brahms - Cello Sonatas | Mirare MIR270

Brahms - Cello Sonatas

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Label: Mirare

Cat No: MIR270

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 8th January 2016

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About

Arnold Schoenberg acknowledged Brahms' extraordinary skill in opening out classical forms to new horizons. Some 20 years separate the composition of the cello sonatas of this composer preoccupied with the inner existence, who for all his respect for form was no academician, but continued in the style of Beethoven. They represent perfect examples of the artistry with which Brahms resolved the textural problems raised by the combination of the two instruments.

Alexander Kniazevís discography includes recordings of chamber works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Chopin, Franck and Ysaˇe, an anthology of works for cello by Reger, DvořŠkís Cello Concerto, Tchaikovskyís Variations on a Rococo Theme and Blochís Schelomo among other pieces.

He has frequently appeared in a trio with Boris Berezovsky and Dmitry Makhtin and, more recently, with Nikolai Lugansky and Vadim Repin. The musicianís discs have received high praise in expert ratings and have been awarded prestigious prizes, including Germanyís Echo Klassik, Franceís Diapason díOr and Britainís Gramophone Prize.

Reviews

Kniazev delivers some beautifully strong, full-toned and melodious long lines in the F majorís second movement, and his realisation of the Op 108 Violin Sonata is often surprisingly sweet and light of touch, particularly in the Adagio. The sense of partnership between him and pianist Andrei Korobeinikov, whose own playing is full of different colours, is also absolutely solid.  Charlotte Gardner
Gramophone March 2016

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