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Brahms: The Violin Sonatas / Stephan Schardt, violin; Philipp Vogler, 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
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Philipp Vogler and Stephan Schardt have conducted a daring experiment on three sonatas for piano and violin by Johannes Brahms, presenting these works on an original grand piano from the famous workshop of Johann Baptist Streicher, known to be the composer's special favorite, and a violin strung with gut strings.

The playing style and the choice of tempos suggested by the historical instruments of course contribute their share here. Vogler and Schardt compellingly fill Brahms's thoroughly enigmatic tempo markings with life.

The combination formed by the historical grand piano and a violin with gut strings immediately lends plausibility to Brahms's instrumentation. The polyrhythmic structures making all possible metrical divisions simultaneously appear right at the beginning of the G major sonata reveal a clarity and transparency without rivals.

The three-dimensional production of this Super Audio CD renders all of the above with special vividness: in 2+2+2 reproduction, music we thought we knew so well assumes a freshness that makes for pure pleasure on each new hearing.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
The MDG recording uses instruments that recreate the musical sounds that Brahms knew. The piano is an 1847 Streicher with hammerheads clad by a layer of felt and then covered with leather. Unlike earlier pianos, which are all wood, this Streicher has two metal braces to support higher string tension. This instrument, then, is a transition between the fortepiano and the modern cross-strung grand. The violin is actually a modern instrument (by Cai von Stietencron, Vienna 2004). The two instruments blend very well, with inner voices nicely exposed and a lovely sweetness in the upper range of both piano and violin. People who prefer period performance will appreciate this recording; it is lovely and without the scraping we often hear from period string playing. I would emphasize that Schardt and Vogler make perfectly good sense at these tempos.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (05/19/2015-05/22/2015).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Stephan Schardt (Violin); Philipp Vogler (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (05/19/2015-05/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
  • Performers: Stephan Schardt (Violin); Philipp Vogler (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (05/19/2015-05/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
  • Performers: Stephan Schardt (Violin); Philipp Vogler (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (05/19/2015-05/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888