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Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major; Violin Sonata no.1; Fantasien op.116 / Isabelle Faust, violin; Alexander Melnikov, piano; Teunis van der Zwart, horn

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
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Notes & Reviews:

Brahms was especially fond of the sound of the natural horn, which he saw as the embodiment of Romantic lyricism. Although the valve horn had begun to replace it in the early 19th century, it was for the older instrument, the Waldhorn, that he wrote his Trio Op.40, today still the summit of the repertoire for its unusual forces. On this budget priced reissue from 2008, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and Teunis van der Zwart reconstruct the trio's original sound.

Herald Scotland, 11th March 2016
This is a fabulous recording, blessed by the rich, rounded horn tone of Teunis van der Zwart on his 1845 natural horn. He eases the music in with glorious warmth and, when he reaches the gallop of the finale, his speed and articulation are staggering. Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, superlative in the Trio, also shine in the First Violin Sonata, with Faust's tone gleaming on her Strad and Melnikov, throughout the opus 116 Fantasies, in total command of the music's extremes of volatility and stillness.

Sunday Times, 24/01/2016
Two favourite Brahms chamber works, the Horn Trio and the finest of the violin sonatas, plus one of the late sets of piano pieces, make a desirable selection... the natural horn's tone is pleasingly dark and soft-grained... [though] the trio's balance disadvantages Faust's lovely playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (06/2007).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40
  • Performers: Isabelle Faust (Violin); Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Teunis Zwart (Natural Horn)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1865

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Isabelle Faust (Violin); Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Teunis Zwart (Natural Horn)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performers: Isabelle Faust (Violin); Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Teunis Zwart (Natural Horn)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892