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Brahms: Complete Works for Violin & Piano / Steinbacher

> Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 - I. Vivace ma non troppo
> Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 - II. Adagio
> Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 - III. Allegro molto moderato
> Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 - I. Allegro amabile
> Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 - II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace
> Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 - III. Allegro grazioso (quasi andante)
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 - I. Allegro
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 - II. Adagio
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 - III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
> Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 - IV. Presto agitato
> Violin Sonata in A minor, "F-A-E": III. Scherzo in C minor, WoO 2 - Violin Sonata in A minor, "F-A-E": III. Scherzo in C minor, WoO 2

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
>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Virtuoso violinist Arabella Steinbacher's latest Pentatone recording features the important yet infrequently recorded violin and piano sonatas by Johannes Brahms. "When our reviewer and contributing editor Rob Cowan hails a new recording of this repertoire as being on the same level as great recordings by the likes of Gil Shaham and Thomas Zehetmair, one immediately takes notice. And this is a stunning disc. Steinbacher, Julia Fischer's successor on the Pentatone label, presents interpretations of detailed, concentrated power." - Gramophone on PTC5186350 (Editor's Choice, November 2010) "Music fans may already know her discs for Orfeo and on this evidence - sensitive, alert performances - she's top-class." - Gramophone on PTC5186353 (Editor's Choice, January 2010)

BBC Music Magazine
There's a strongly lyrical impulse in Arabella Steinbacher's playing which is suited to the intimate character of these Sonatas...Robert Kulek is an admirable duo partner and projects both the richness and clarity of texture in Brahms's writing through a carefully controlled use of the pedal, responding wit sensitivity to the subtle inflections in Steinbacher's phrasing. Pentatone's recording has real presence.

Classic FM Magazine
Arabella Steinbacher and Robert Kulek approach these timeless scores with a velvet-gloved tenderness and affection that dispels any sense of Brahms being an 'intellectual' composer. Steinbacher produces a sensuous sound of beguiling purity that sends Brahms's rich cantabile lines soaring aloft and receives wonderfully sympathetic support from Kulek...in terms of sheer beauty of sound Steinbacher and Kulek have no rivals.

International Record Review
How far you enjoy this disc will depend on how you like your Brahms served up. There's much to admire in Steinbacher's sound and you may not find the deliberate tempos as indulgent as I did, in which case proceed with great haste.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concertboerderij Valthermond, The Netherlands (09/2010).



Reviews

An Outstanding Brahms Program
Every competent performance of a Brahms violin sonata will have in it something of interest: each phrase is perfect and inevitable, but somehow at the same time constantly surprising and evocative. Great performances will always be emotional but not sentimental, and classically balanced but not dry or academic. There's an old Gaelic proverb that says "When the cup is fullest it is most difficult to carry." Brahms has filled the cups to the very brim in his three violin sonatas, and the challenge to violin and piano partners who would carry them is daunting. This new disc from Arabella Steinbacher and Robert Kulek is as accomplished as any recent CD in this repertoire. I'm a big fan of Steinbacher's tone, and her technical capabilities are obvious. Kulek provides more than simple accompaniment; he's an equal partner in this challenging music. This is outstanding musicianship, with the artists' egos subjugated to the logic of the music. Pentatone has provided stunning sound in this 2010 Dutch recording. The multi-channel super audio format is perfect for presenting both the drama and the intimacy of Brahms' chamber music. Not every disc of the Violin Sonatas finds room for the Scherzo that Brahms contributed to the FAE Sonata, along with Albert Dietrich and Robert Schumann. This is no mere filler, but an accomplished work by the 20-year-old composer. It's a splendid encore to an outstanding program of masterpieces for violin and piano.
Submitted on 06/28/11 by Dean Frey 
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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin); Robert Kulek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
  • Performers: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin); Robert Kulek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
  • Performers: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin); Robert Kulek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"
  • Performers: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin); Robert Kulek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853