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Schubert & Brahms: Sonatas for Viola and Piano / Yuri Bashmet, viola; Mikhail Muntian, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
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Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents chamber music by Johannes Brahms performed by Yuri Bashmet and Mikhail Muntian. Two viola sonatas by Johannes Brahms, Op. 120, composed in 1894, signify an actual completion of the composer's creative life and the epoch of German music romanticism in general. The name of Yuri Bashmet is known to any music aficionado. A viola player, conductor, teacher and tireless public figure, he has been an active performer for almost forty years, a performer of the entire viola repertoire of academic music and an initiator of numerous works by contemporary composers. Pianist Mikhail Muntian has been Yuri Bashmet's constant ensemble partner (along with Bashmet's teacher Fyodor Druzhinin, he took part in the premiere of Shostakovich's viola sonata). Their joint concert performances and recordings are notable for a splendid ensemble partnership, absolute integrity of performing ideas and in-depth comprehension of a musical text. Brahms's sonatas was recorded in 1984.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The Russian viola soloist Yuri Bashmet also has an impressive technique - and a completely different way of playing the Brahms sonatas. Bashmet made his recordings of the Brahms in 1984 in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and he recorded the Schubert there in 1977, when he was 24. The Bashmet has what I would consider more natural balances. There is a reading of the Schubert that Bashmet and Muntain recorded in 1990 for RCA. I prefer the Bashmet-Muntian reading of the F-minor Sonata. Bashmet's Schubert, another piece in transcription, is a great companion to the Brahms sonatas because of its lightness and brilliance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory (03/23/1984); Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory (1977).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
  • Performers: Yuri Bashmet (Viola); Mikhail Muntian (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1824

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
  • Performers: Yuri Bashmet (Viola); Mikhail Muntian (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2
  • Performers: Yuri Bashmet (Viola); Mikhail Muntian (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Live