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Brahms; Clara and Robert Schumann: Violin Sonatas / Jennifer Pike, violin; Tom Poster, piano

> 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. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 - I. Mit Leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
> Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 - II. Allegretto
> Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 - III. Lebhaft
> 3 Romanzen, Op. 22 - No. 1. Andante molto
> 3 Romanzen, Op. 22 - No. 2. Allegretto
> 3 Romanzen, Op. 22 - No. 3. Leidenschaftlich schnell

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
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Notes & Reviews:

In 2002, at the age of twelve, Jennifer Pike notably became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Now aged just twenty-three she is widely regarded as one of the finest violinists in Britain. Here she brings her impressive talent to bear on works of the two Schumanns and Brahms.

The Independent, 23rd March 2013
Her phrasing beautifully shadowed by pianist Tom Poster, Pike delivers a performance of strident purity - perhaps a little too strident for the intimate dialogue of Schumann's A minor Sonata. In Clara Schumann's Three Romances, Pike finally relaxes into the melodic curves without losing bite. It's worth the wait.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Sufficient anecdotal evidence survives to suggest that [Joachim] always eschewed the excessive use of vibrato. It's a ploy that is imaginatively appropriated by Pike, especially in the Brahms where she is particularly careful not to be over-indulgent...this is a refreshingly projected performance which boasts an almost ideal fluidity in terms of manipulation of tempo and nuance in the first movement.

International Record Review, May 2013
Pike is passionate player, as is her pianist Tom Poster, and they are clearly committed to this music. Pike plays without excessive vibrato - following what we know of Joachim's example - and she's well accompanied by Poster.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
Pike's timbre throughout is warmly appealing, and she shares Poster's sensitive response to each work...This is well worth exploring.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
I am accustomed to getting goose bumps when I listen to these two sonatas get them when I listen to this disc. I feel the same way as I listen to the Schumann. I admire the recording by Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich. The most interesting part of this program is the Three Romances by Clara Schumann, dedicated to her frequent sonata partner, Joseph Joachim. They are engaging and heartfelt nonetheless. Excellent booklet notes by Callum Mac- Donald and good sound as usual by Chandos.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/26/2012-09/28/2012).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Performers: Tom Poster (Piano); Jennifer Pike (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/26/2012-09/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878-1879

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
  • Performers: Tom Poster (Piano); Jennifer Pike (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/26/2012-09/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
  • Performers: Tom Poster (Piano); Jennifer Pike (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/26/2012-09/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1853