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Brahms: The Violin Sonatas / Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Yuja Wang, piano

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>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"
>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
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"
>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
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Leonidas Kavakos, the "exceptional violinist" (Daily Mail) follows his spectacular Brahms Violin Concerto recording by teaming up with star pianist Yuja Wang - "a prodigious talent, with an astonishing technique" (The Guardian) for the great Brahms Violin Sonatas

Leonidas Kavakos's third release for Decca makes a perfect supplement to his acclaimed Brahms Violin Concerto disc with Riccardo Chailly

For the three sonatas Kavakos - an exclusive Decca artist - teams up with Yuja Wang, a former Gramophone Young Artist of the Year

Their partnership at the 2013 Verbier Festival was much talked about (and broadcast on Medici) and they will be touring these works in April to major European cities

The album is opened by the feisty Scherzo from the F-A-E Sonata, which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata (along with his friends Schumann and Dietrich). The three violin sonatas which follow were written for Brahms's muse in all matters violin, Joseph Joachim, who also gave the premiere of the Violin Concerto and contributed its cadenzas. The album closes with the instantly recognisable Wiegenlied or Lullaby.

The Guardian
It's a long time since there was a new version of this concerto as good as this.

Sinfini
There is a rapier-like cut-and-thrust about this performance that recalls the surging adrenaline-charge of Isaac Stern in full flight, with Kavakos emerging as the swashbuckling hero of the hour, taking all technical obstacles in his stride with soaring abandonment.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
Kavakos opts for a subtle use of vibrato and a relatively limited dynamic range. His sweet tone is matched by Wang...these performances may seem restrained and almost Classical in outlook. Yet this reticence serves to give greater intensity to those few passages...where both players become more expansive in expression.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2014
Wang and Kavakos give consistently outstanding performances. Wang has a way of making even the most complex passages beautifully clear. Without over-emphasising turning points in the harmony, she's able to point the music's direction of travel...Kavakos similarly delights in finding an ideal expression for each phrase.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg/Harburg (12/27/2013-12/30/2013).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"
  • Performers: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin); Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg/Harburg (12/27/2013-12/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Yuja Wang (Piano); Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg/Harburg (12/27/2013-12/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 27 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
  • Performers: Yuja Wang (Piano); Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg/Harburg (12/27/2013-12/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
  • Performers: Yuja Wang (Piano); Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg/Harburg (12/27/2013-12/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
  • Performers: Yuja Wang (Piano); Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg/Harburg (12/27/2013-12/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868