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Convergences' - Brahms: Sonatas, Opp. 38 & 78; Andrea Clearfield (b.1960): Convergence, for viola & piano / Barbara Westphal, viola; Christian Ruvolo, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
>Clearfield, Andrea : Convergence, for viola & piano
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The viola virtuoso Barbara Westphal has made transcriptions of two of Brahms's most beloved string sonatas- the G major for violin and the E minor for cello. Her performances offer new insights into these great masterpieces. Ms. Westphal and her partner, pianist Christian Ruvolo give the premiere recording of Andrea Clearfield's "Convergence" (2008) for viola and piano.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Barbara Westphal is a delight. She has a wonderfully rich sound that stays lovely and sweet even in the highest ranges. I found her playing so captivating that I had to force myself to pay attention to the pianist, who I decided was actually quite good. The two Brahms sonatas are separated on the program by a work Westphal commissioned: Convergence (2008) by American Andrea Clearfield. This fine piece is tightly argued and well designed to challenge both violist and pianist. The music has many textures, ranging from spiky and rhythmic to lyrical and expressive; and the performers held my interest. And I suspect violists and others as well should be searching out this very fine release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 10/22/2013-10/24/2013.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Christian Ruvolo (Piano); Barbara Westphal (Viola)
  • Notes: 10/22/2013-10/24/2013
  • Running Time: 24 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879

>Clearfield, Andrea : Convergence, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Christian Ruvolo (Piano); Barbara Westphal (Viola)
  • Notes: 10/22/2013-10/24/2013
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  • Performers: Christian Ruvolo (Piano); Barbara Westphal (Viola)
  • Notes: 10/22/2013-10/24/2013
  • Running Time: 24 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1865