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Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 100; Karol Szymanowski: Violin Sonata, Op. 9 / Shari Mason, violin; Manuel Gonzalez, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
>Szymanowski, Karol : Sonata for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 9, M9
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording, by two outstanding Mexican musicians, Shari Mason (violin) and Manuel Gonzalez (piano), both composers -Brahms and Szymanowski- appear in their roles as guardians of the musical traditions that sustain and nurture their art. Each one revives tradition in a personal way within their cultural context. Brahms' Sonata op. 100, woven of elegant counterpoint, intertwines an equal and melodious dialogue between violin and piano, resuscitating the charm and harmony of Viennese music. Szymanowski's Sonata op. 9, intense and contrasting, shows the dramas and conflicts of the end of the "old days" and the beginning of the modern era.

On this recording, the composers- Brahms and Szymanowski- are portrayed as guardians of the musical customs that support and cultivate their art. Each of these sonatas intertwines equal rhythmic and melodious dialogue between the two instruments. Szymanowski's Sonata op. 9 uses compositional techniques that signal the end of the old times, and herald in the modern era. Mexican musicians Shari Mason (violin) and Manuel Gonzalez (piano) are both members of Artibus Ensemble. They perform concerts regularly across Mexico and abroad.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Hermilo Novelo del Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli, (01/2010/09/2010).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
  • Performers: Manuel González (Piano); Shari Mason (Violin)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Szymanowski, Karol : Sonata for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 9, M9
  • Performers: Manuel González (Piano); Shari Mason (Violin)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904