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Brahms: Violin Sonatas / Anothony Marwood, Aleksandar Madzar

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>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

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
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Especially impressive is their absolute unanimity of approach: the sense they convey that they are not merely equal partners but equally important voices in Brahms's polyphonic textures. The breadth of their phrasing, the constant search for fluidity...is also very striking...Marwood and Madzar are so good I'm tempted to make them the new benchmark among contemporary recordings.

Classical Music
This is duo playing of the highest order...[Marwood's] musicianship and panache will be familiar to many. We don't hear enough of Madzar in the UK: there are few to match him in terms of technique and interpretation, and he here proves a terrific chamber music partner.

Fanfare Magazine
This one is definitely a keeper; I've already made room for it on my shelf right next to the Jackiw/Levinson and two or three of my other favorites. Very, very strongly recommended.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
These are good, solid performances of the sonatas that were recorded in concert at London's Wigmore Hall on September 19, 2010 and January 9 and May 15, 2011. There have been quite a few outstanding recordings of these sonatas in recent years, so while I have no caveats about this set, I can name several others that are more satisfying and thoughtprovoking. I would urge anyone who wants a set of these to get Barnabas Kelemen and Tamas Vasary's outstanding one (Nov/Dec 2004) or Frank Almond and William Wolfram's (July/Aug 2001).

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Distinct pianism and etched string attack may not be all that these sonatas require. Marwood doesn't often relax into the music...Nevertheless, the impassioned last sonata finds Marwood and Madzar in more relenting mood, willing to modify hitherto guarded responses to conventions of performance that Brahms took for granted.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (01/09/2011); Wigmore Hall, London (05/15/2011); Wigmore Hall, London (09/19/2010).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Anthony Marwood (Violin); Aleksandar Madzar (Piano)
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London (01/09/2011); Wigmore Hall, London (05/15/2011); Wigmore Hall, London (09/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
  • Performers: Anthony Marwood (Violin); Aleksandar Madzar (Piano)
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London (01/09/2011); Wigmore Hall, London (05/15/2011); Wigmore Hall, London (09/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
  • Performers: Anthony Marwood (Violin); Aleksandar Madzar (Piano)
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London (01/09/2011); Wigmore Hall, London (05/15/2011); Wigmore Hall, London (09/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888
  • Studio/Live: Live