Brahms - The Violin Sonatas | Ondine ODE12842

Brahms - The Violin Sonatas


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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE12842

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 12th August 2016



Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff together with pianist Lars Vogt offer an exciting programme of Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). This new release continues a successful series of recordings of violin chamber works by the artist 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. Also included is the Scherzo movement from the F.A.E. Sonata which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich in 1853.


These top-flight soloists, well established as a duo, have returned to Brahms’s three violin sonatas which they first recorded live in 2002. ... Christian Tetzlaff’s distinctive, quicksilver playing, capable of extreme pianissimo, suits the intensity and introspection in each: Op 78 in G major with its melancholic mood swings, the breathless fragility of Op 100 in A major and the restlessness of Op 108 in D minor. The performances are agile, airborne, refreshingly unpredictable and alive with exhilarating freedom.  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 14 August 2016
Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt first recorded the three Brahms violin sonatas for EMI at the 2002 ‘Spannungen’ chamber music festival in Heimbach, Germany – spirited, occasionally restless performances that thrillingly capture the adrenalin rush of a live concert. This new studio account from Ondine preserves much of the ‘incisiveness, urgency and lightness of touch’ that Edward Greenfield justly praised in his review of that EMI disc, along with a breathtaking balance of poise and daring. … No matter that the catalogue is crammed with recordings of these sonatas; this one will sit proudly on my shelf alongside Szeryng/Rubinstein, Mullova/Anderszewski and Dumay/Pires.  Andrew Farach-Colton (Recording of the Month)

Gramophone September 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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