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Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; F.a.e. Sonata / Vonaskova-novakova, Irina Kondratenko


Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4170   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRobert Schumann
Performer:  Jana Vonáskova-novakováIrina Kondratenko
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Shortly after the release of the complete Brahms piano trios (Smetana Trio, SU 4072-2), Jana Vonášková has returned to the German master, this time in tandem with the brilliant Latvian pianist Irina Kondratenko. In addition to two Brahms violin sonatas, the CD features the F.A.E. Sonata, a work created jointly by Brahms, Schumann and Dietrich as a gift (and a puzzle) for the celebrated violinist Joseph Joachim. Although Brahms’s ebullient Scherzo is generally known, the sonata in its entirety has only rarely been recorded or performed on stages. The letters F.A.E. stand for Joachim’s credo in life: Frei, aber einsam (Free, but lonely), with the respective notes also being the cornerstones of the work’s motivic material. Brahms Read more wrote his mature Sonata No. 1 in G major almost concurrently with his violin concerto. Sonata No. 3 in D minor already clearly possesses the nature of a concertante piece, placing extreme technical requirements on the performers. Bearing witness to the extraordinary qualities of the violinist Jana Vonášková are her numerous successes (her debut with the Prague Philharmonia conducted by Ji?í B?lohlávek, victory at the Young Concert Artists Trust in London, Wigmore Hall debut, etc.), as well as acclaimed recordings she has made as a member of the Smetana Trio. For Vonášková, Brahms is above all a heartfelt matter. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jana Vonáskova-novaková (Violin), Irina Kondratenko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jana Vonáskova-novaková (Violin), Irina Kondratenko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jana Vonáskova-novaková (Violin), Irina Kondratenko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Austria 
4. Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jana Vonáskova-novaková (Violin), Irina Kondratenko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
5. Sonata for Violin and Piano "FAE" by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jana Vonáskova-novaková (Violin), Irina Kondratenko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 

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