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Brahms - Viola / Rysanov, Apekisheva, Katsnelson, et al

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  1. Brahms — Sonata In F Minor for Clarinet/viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 1: I. Allegro Appassionato $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Brahms — Sonata In F Minor for Clarinet/viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 1: II. Andante un Poco Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Brahms — Sonata In F Minor for Clarinet/viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 1: III. Allegretto Grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Brahms — Sonata In F Minor for Clarinet/viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 1: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Brahms — Violin Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78 (arr Viola Klengel/Rysanov): I. Vivace Ma Non Troppo
  6. Brahms — Violin Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78 (arr Viola Klengel/Rysanov): II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Brahms — Violin Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78 (arr Viola Klengel/Rysanov): III. Allegro Molto Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Brahms — Trio In E-flat Major for Horn/viola, Violin and Piano, Op. 40: I. Andante - Poco Piu Animato $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Brahms — Trio In E-flat Major for Horn/viola, Violin and Piano, Op. 40: II. Scherzo: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Brahms — Trio In E-flat Major for Horn/viola, Violin and Piano, Op. 40: III. Adagio Mesto $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Brahms — Trio In E-flat Major for Horn/viola, Violin and Piano, Op. 40: IV. Finale: Allegro Con Brio $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Brahms — Sonata In E-flat Major for Clarinet/viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2: I. Allegro Amabile $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Brahms — Sonata In E-flat Major for Clarinet/viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2: II. Allegro Appassionato $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Brahms — Sonata In E-flat Major for Clarinet/viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2: III. Andante Con Moto - Allegro Non Troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Brahms — Trio In a Minor for Clarinet/viola, Cello and Piano, Op. 114: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Brahms — Trio In a Minor for Clarinet/viola, Cello and Piano, Op. 114: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Brahms — Trio In a Minor for Clarinet/viola, Cello and Piano, Op. 114: III. Andantino Grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Brahms — Trio In a Minor for Clarinet/viola, Cello and Piano, Op. 114: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
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Notes & Reviews:

This exciting release gathers together in one neat package the two viola sonatas with the trios for Clarinet and Horn in versions transcribed for viola. Violist Max Rysanov also plays the Klengel arrangement of the first violin sonata. Rysanov, one of the world's most charismatic violists, has been awarded Editor's Choice from Gramophone Magazine for his first two discs. Here, he is accompanied by several of Russia's most exciting younger generation of players, including Kristine Blaumane who has recently been appointed principal cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Gramophone Magazine
In the First Sonata, in which Rysanov is accompanied by the excellent Katya Apekisheva, the music is more freely phrased, with a humorous sense of the latent waltz in the Allegretto and plenty of vigour in the finale. Rysanoc and Jacob Katsnelson are also more effective with the Second Sonata, especially in the agreeably conversational manner they adopt in the final variations, as when the melodic line flows seamlessly between them in the grazioso section.

BBC Music Magazine
I found Rysanov's performances of both Sonatas compelling, vivid and packed with moments of great musical insight. The two trio performances are also extremely enjoyable.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Brahms was the first to admit that he hadn't entirely solved the new problems of balance in the works that replace the clarinet with a viola (the clarinet sonatas and the Op 114 Trio). With recording, of course, some help can be given. The viola is well forward in the performances by Rysanov, and this suits the music's extrovert, eloquent manner. In the First Sonata, in which Rysanov is accompanied by the excellent Katya Apekisheva, the music is more freely phrased, with a humorous sense of the latent waltz in the Allegretto and plenty of vigour in the finale. In the Op 114 Trio, the outside movements benefit from the vivid sense of melodic direction provided by Rysanov and Katsnelson.

The G major Violin Sonata was also written for Joachim, and arranged for viola not by Brahms but by his publisher Simrock's editor Paul Klengel. Transposing it from G down a fourth to D to accommodate the viola loses the music something of its elegance, but this is a persuasive performance. Persuasiveness is also needed in Op 40, which began life as the Horn Trio. Not all the cheerful vigour that Rysanov and Apekisheva provide can make the finale seem anything but a piece of hunting exuberance, but they do splendidly with the Scherzo and the Adagio mesto.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
  • Performers: Katya Apekisheva (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Katya Apekisheva (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40
  • Performers: Katya Apekisheva (Piano); Boris Brovtsyn (Violin); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1865

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
  • Performers: Jacob Katsnelson (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for clarinet (or viola), cello & piano in A minor, Op. 114
  • Performers: Kristina Blaumane (Cello); Jacob Katsnelson (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1891