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Brahms: Violin Sonatas / Sergey Khachatryan, violin; Lusine Khachatryan, piano

> Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 - I. Vivace ma non troppo
> Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 - II. Adagio
> Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 - III. Allegro molto moderato
> Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 - I. Allegro amabile
> Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 - II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace
> Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 - III. Allegro grazioso (quasi andante)
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108 - I. Allegro
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108 - II. Adagio
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108 - III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108 - IV. Presto agitato

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
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Notes & Reviews:

So you get drawn more and more into by Sergey's borderless passion for the violin: flawless, marked by an extraordinary violinistic power and by total dedication.' -HNM 'He is communicating blindly with his sister: to play music together as congenially in expression and sounding like soul-mates might only be possible for siblings.' - Ruhrnachrichten A unique, sometimes atypical, over-gifted, always heart-wrenching violinist, Sergey Khachatryan has established a brilliant carrier worldwide, in both recital and concerto fields, and has collaborated with the most prestigious artists of the time. His exclusive recital partner is his sister, pianist Lusine Khachatryan, with whom the musical connection is always special.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
The Armenian brother-and-sister team give passionate, deeply felt performances of all three sonatas...what gives these performances their particular strength is the performers' ability to project the crucial movements of harmony on which the sense and appeal of Brahms's music rests.

Sunday Times, 23rd June 2013
These three sonatas...could hardly ask for more persuasive advocates than this young Armenian brother-and-sister duo...[The Third] is a joy from beginning to end here.

The Strad, October 2013
The music often wistful, frequently sad, and on occasion intensely dramatic, but rarely sounding happy for all the beauty in the playing. Their basic tempos are among the most expansive of the dozen recordings I used for comparison, and they frequently insert changes of pulse. It is as if they seek to interpret every bar, with rhythmic changes employed to beautify or intensify the effect.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The Khachatryans trump the Hungarians - and every other duo - in the unanimity of their ensemble. I was impressed by Kelemen and Vasary because they really seemed to be listening to each other very closely and tightly coordinating their playing. Lusine is the backbone of the Khachatryan partnership. She manages to underscore everything her brother does without surrendering a whit of her own individuality or softening her forceful presence. She also offers very carefully undulating dynamics that brilliantly complement her brother's bel canto style. I would love to hear Lusine in a solo recital. While I would say that this recital is a qualified success, the five movements that I list above are played with peerless artistry and tremendous polish that are obviously the result of intensive study, and this is a very worthwhile acquisition even if you only listen to these. I already cannot wait for the Khachatryans' next recording. Naive perfects this release by giving the duo excellent sound that resembles burnished bronze, perfect for the interpretations of these works.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London, England (07/2012/08/2012).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Sergey Khachatryan (Violin); Lusine Khachatryan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
  • Performers: Sergey Khachatryan (Violin); Lusine Khachatryan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
  • Performers: Sergey Khachatryan (Violin); Lusine Khachatryan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888