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Brahms: Sonatas For Cello & Piano / Yo-yo Ma, Emanuel Ax

Release Date: 10/06/1992 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 48191   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaEmanuel Ax
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1991 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 23 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1991 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 29 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1991 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 22 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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 Brahms Gems from the "Head Jewelers." July 8, 2014 By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews "07-08-2014 Back in the mid 90's I suddenly decided one warm Summer's evening in San Jose, to begin my journey into Chamber Music. I had, and still do, a healthy core of orchestral music, much committed to memory, but now I decided to tackle what my teacher, my Uncle Tom, our Catholic priest in the family, said was the best music of all,Chamber Music. And, who better to begin with and break the ice, but Brahms. I still recall vividly driving to the Bay Area Tower records late at night and buying these Sonati, plus some quartets with the Berg Quartet and his piano trios with the Beaux Arts. I was amazed at how simple these pieces were to learn, and even memorize. I would recall my Uncle's warnings, that they're not all that easy but they are , in a very real sense, simple works. He was right, of course, and my now 40 + years of listening experience has taught me that Brahms, even in his tiny pieces, as a genius. Everything he touched turned to gold and if there is a Classical Music Hall of Fame, he would be one of it's chartered members, like Ruth, Gehrig, Williams Di Maggio etc. Just think of it!! Four Symphonies, 2 piano Concertos, One Violin Concerto, a "double" Concerto (violin/cello(, a set of string quartets, a group of Piano Quartets and quintets, for various instruments, including the neglected Clarinet, a magnificent requiem, plus trios, sonatas for viola, clarinet and cello, and a bushel or two of gorgeous songs. Nearly each of these works is a "great" piece of music---Nearly EACH!!! And, many of th4m are downright masterpieces, supreme in their genre as the best example of, say, HOW to write a perfect quintet for strings, or a wind serenade. Ted Williams's lifetime batting average was .334 and that is outstanding in the history of baseball. It means he got a hit about once every 10 times he stepped up to the plate, and about 7 out of 10 times, he didn't. but, with Brahms, it's the reverse, as he got his "hit" nearly 7 or more times out of every 10. More than that, it was probably 8.5 per every 10 plate appearances, an impossibility in the history of the game of baseball. A Hall of fame composer?? damn right, and then some. Think about THAT as you watch next weeks All-star game on the TV. About all I can say about these Sonati are that they are done perfectly, and, recorded as they were in 1991, in the New England Conservatory by Sony, the sound is, I'm sorry to say, a tad scratchy, and, listening with headphones so as not to disturb my sleeping darling wife, I had to reduce the volume a bit so the creaminess came through correctly. Ma and Ax, seem joined at the hip, as they work so eloquently together. They are, in my book, the best cello/piano team at the time but there are plenty of competitors, like Harrell/Ashkenazy, Piatagorsky and Casals, et al. Rostropovich and just about anyone will also do nicely, but this cd features the youthful vigor of the ever youthful Yo Yo Ma and the steady reliable grace of Emanuel Ax, himself quite the Chopin pianist. As a "bonus" of sorts, Brahms redid his third of the trio of Violin Sonatas, his d-minor, Op. 108 for cello and piano to give us yet another sonata. It is interesting but we would all live without it, I'm sure. This is a fine CD and as an example of his cello sonati, this reading could be all you need, but, as with all things Brahms, there is ALWAYS room for more, from more artists deserving to be heard. I could go on endlessly, but you get my point. Buy this recording ASAP and be good to yourselves. there is so much satisfaction and sheer pleasure in these wonderful Chamber pieces of this great composer, this Hall of Famer, that one could easily spend the entire day listening to nothing but Johannes Brahms, which is even more fun than a Sunday "double-header."" Report Abuse
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