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Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonatas 1-3 / Catherine Manoukian, violin; Gunilla Sussmann, piano

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
>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"
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Notes & Reviews:

Brahms at a very personal level With her live recording of the opulent Elgar concerto at the beginning of last year, Catherine Manoukian demonstrated how she lends a lean, precise and yet emotional character to the Romantic repertoire. That same quality is fully evident in her new recording of the three Brahms Sonatas: together with her Norwegian accompanist, Gunilla Süssmann, she presents a reading of Brahms whose seemingly restrained surface is barely able to conceal a rich inner emotional world. This is particularly appropriate in the three violin sonatas: the composer, normally a very reserved man in his private life, here quotes songs of his own that provide some insight into biographical context. The nicknames sometimes given to the sonatas, of "Regenlied", "Thun" and "Symphonic", give a hint at their inspirations and reveal how Brahms uses the intimate framework of chamber music, expanding it and taking it to the instrument's technical limits. This recording succeeds in making this audible at the highest level of intensity while always maintaining the fabric of the motifs and the formal structure: here is a modern, lean reading that nevertheless does not lack emotion and depth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethovensaal Hannover (02/22/2012-02/26/2012).



Reviews

Wonderful
This recording has become my favorite of these works, which I have loved for fifty years now. Alternately songful, vigorous, gentle and/or thoughtful, the playing of every movement is inspiring. The pianist and violinist play together as one -- just wonderful Brahms. The opening movement of the Opus 100 sonata alone is worth the purchase of the CD.
Submitted on 03/02/15 by gpcsdad 
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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Catherine Manoukian (Violin); Gunilla Süssmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal Hannover (02/22/2012-02/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
  • Performers: Catherine Manoukian (Violin); Gunilla Süssmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal Hannover (02/22/2012-02/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
  • Performers: Catherine Manoukian (Violin); Gunilla Süssmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal Hannover (02/22/2012-02/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"
  • Performers: Catherine Manoukian (Violin); Gunilla Süssmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal Hannover (02/22/2012-02/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853