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Library Of Congress Vol 22 / Szeryng, Graffmann


Release Date: 10/25/2005 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9179   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRobert SchumannLudwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Henryk SzeryngGary Graffman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc is the second Szeryng/Graffman disc Bridge has released, and is taken from concerts that the duo gave at the Library of Congress in 1970 and 1971. In his review of the first Bridge CD (a Beethoven recital- BRIDGE 9165) critic Jed Distler writes: “In his autobiography, pianist Gary Graffman warmly recalls his chamber music collaborations with violinist Henryk Szeryng. Judging from these Beethoven performances, the Szeryng/Graffman partnership yielded exciting results.” And indeed, the exciting results are continued in this collection. The disc begins with the duo’s superbly wrought recording of Brahms’s G major Sonata- a reading that is notable for its precision and involvement. This is chamber music-making at its best, with Read more both artists playing off each other with inspired spontaneity. The Schumann A minor Sonata performance, called by critic Irving Lowens in The Evening Star “the high point of the evening”, is one of almost savage intensity and impassioned music-making. Szeryng announces two encores from the stage- movements by Beethoven and Mozart, and a cheering audience sends the artists home with ‘Bravos’ ringing in their ears. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Gary Graffman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/03/1971 
Venue:  Live  Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 
Length: 27 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (1970 - 1971) 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Gary Graffman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/03/1971 
Venue:  Live  Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 
Length: 17 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (1970 - 1971) 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 12 no 2: 2nd mvt, Andante piu tosto allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Gary Graffman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/03/1971 
Venue:  Live  Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (1970 - 1971) 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 296: 3rd movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gary Graffman (Piano), Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1970 
Venue:  Live  Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (1970 - 1971) 

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