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Brahms - Violin Sonatas

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2012

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Aleksandar Madzar

piano

Anthony Marwood

violin

Venue:

Wigmore Hall, London

19 Sept 2010, 9 Jan & 15 May 2011

Producer:

Jeremy Hayes



Engineer:

Steve Portnoi



Record Label
Wigmore Hall

Genre:

Violin


Piano

Total Time - 67:26
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JOHANNES BRAHMS

 

Violin Sonata No.1 in G major, Op.78

 
1 Vivace ma non troppo 10:02
2 Adagio - Più andante - Adagio 7:26
3 Allegro molto moderato - Più moderato 8:22
   
 

Violin Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.100

 
4 Allegro amabile 7:42
5 Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di più - Andante - Vivace 6:13
6 Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante) 5:45
   
 

Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108

 
7 Allegro 8:06
8 Adagio 4:26
9 Un poco presto e con sentimento 3:01
10 Presto agitato 6:23
   


British violinist Anthony Marwood, admired by audiences and critics around the globe for his exceptional artistry and passionate performances, is joined by the celebrated Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madžar for this wonderful recording of the three Brahms Violin Sonatas.

Composed between 1878 and 1888, the deeply expressive violin sonatas are famed for glorious, free-soaring melodies, as Brahms carefully balances Classical refinement with Romantic lyricism. Exploring these supremely beautiful works with fresh insight; Marwood and Madžar unfold the emotional contours with rich tone and close musicianship through this intimate recording.

"... These are live performance, but the audiences on these three occasions are absolutely undetectable until their enthusiastic and well-deserved applause is included at the end of each sonata. This one is definately a keeper ... Very, very strongly recommended."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - September/October 2012


"The English violinist Anthony Marwood and the Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madžar have been a regular duo for some years and their familiarity with each other shows, as they achieve a very natural ebb and flow....The disc under review can safely be recommended to admirers of Marwood and Madžar."

Tully Potter - ClassicalSource.com - 20 July 2012


"...Strongly recommended."

Michael Jameson - International Record Review - July/August 2012


                     Performance *****      Recording *****

"... Anthony Marword and Aleksandar Madzar have lived with the three Brahms Sonatas a considerable while, and their interpretations have matured like good wine. Especially impressive is their absolute unanimity of approach: the sense theu 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, so that each movement sounds as if encompassed within a single expressive outpouring, is also very striking... Marwood and Madzar are so good I’m tempted to make them the new benchmark among contemporary recordings."

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine - July 2012


"...this is duo playing of the highest order. Marwood has made many records, both as soloist and founder-member of the Florestan Trio, and his muicianship and pnache will be familiary to many. We don’t hear enough of Madzar in the UK; there are few to match him in terms of technique an interpretation, and he here proves a terrific chamber music partner. Warm sound ..."    *****

Guy Weatherall  - Classical Music Magazine - 19 May 2012





*****
Lively and intelligent readings of these well known and loved sonatas. The sound quality is excellent and the playing is balance, spacious and sharp. Highly recommended in a crowded field of possible options.
M Percival