Leonidas Kavakos, the “exceptional violinist” (Daily Mail) follows his spectacular Brahms Violin Concerto recording by teaming up with star pianist Yuja Wang – “a prodigious talent, with an astonishing technique” (The Guardian) for the great Brahms Violin Sonatas. Leonidas Kavakos’s third release for Decca makes a perfect supplement to his acclaimed Brahms Violin Concerto disc with Riccardo Chailly For the three sonatas. Kavakos – an exclusive Decca artist – teams up with Yuja Wang, a former Gramophone Young Artist of the Year. Their partnership at the 2013 Verbier Festival was much talked about. The album is opened by the feisty Scherzo from the F-A-E Sonata, which BrahmsRead more contributed to a composite sonata (along with his friends Schumann and Dietrich). The three violin sonatas which follow were written for Brahms’s muse in all matters violin, Joseph Joachim, who also gave the premiere of the Violin Concerto and contributed its cadenzas. The album closes with the instantly recognizable Wiegenlied or Lullaby. Read less
ImpressiveMay 13, 2014By Norman Santos (South Holland, IL)See All My Reviews"Already having heard these same artists in the same repertoire from their Verbier collaboration, and being impressed by their coherent and convincing rendering on that occasion, I was eager to hear how, in the more sterile environment of the recording studio, they would fare. I was not in the least bit disappointed. Their ensemble playing is in complete accord aided, no doubt, by their shared vision of these works. There is an understated quality to their interpretation that I find very appealing. I have heard different, but otherwise valid versions, such as those by Licad and Salerno-Sonnenberg, that explored, with broader sweep and more explicit drama, a work such as the op.100 A-major Sonata, but this Kavakos-Wang disc is certainly one to treasure for its more austere quality."Report Abuse
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