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Brahms: Double Concerto; Symphony No. 4 / Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Amanda Forsyth, cello. National Arts Centre Orchestra

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra gives more than 100 concerts a year with internationally renowned artists, and is distinguished for the passion and clarity of its performances on stage and on disc. Violinist and music director for this new album from Analekta, Pinchas Zukerman, a phenomenon on the music scene for over forty years, and Amanda Forsyth, who is regarded as one of North America's most dynamic cellists, join the National Arts Centre Orchestra in presenting magnificent works by Johannes Brahms.

The Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102 is the last purely orchestral composition by Brahms; it was written in 1887, ten years before his death. Compositions for this combination of solo instruments are few and far between, but Brahms succeeds in integrating them into a concerto that showcases the tonal beauties of each.

Brahms wrote his Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 in 1884 and 1885. This is the work that Brahms famously used the triangle, the only percussion instrument, besides timpani, in all of his symphonies.

The National Arts Centre Orchestra was formed at the creation of Canada's National Arts Centre in 1969. The Orchestra has made over 40 commercial recordings, including an album with Angela Hewitt that was honored with a JUNO award in 2015.

The musical genius of Pinchas Zukerman transcends the norm, his prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards a constant source of wonder to audiences and critics. His extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him two Grammy awards and 21 nominations.

Canadian JUNO Award-winning Amanda Forsyth has a number of recordings to her credit. This album is her first for Analekta. Amanda Forsyth plays a rare Italian cello made in 1699 by Carlo Giuseppe Testore.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada (02/04/2015/02/05/2015); Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada (11/26/2014/11/27/2014).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"
  • Performers: Amanda Forsyth (Cello); Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pinchas Zukerman
  • Ensemble: National Arts Centre Orchestra
  • Notes: Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada (02/04/2015/02/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1887
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Performers: Amanda Forsyth (Cello); Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pinchas Zukerman
  • Notes: Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada (11/26/2014/11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885
  • Studio/Live: Live