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For the Love of Brahms / Denk, Bell, Isserlis, ASMF


Release Date: 09/30/2016 
Label:  Sony Music Entertainment   Catalog #: 532179  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRobert Schumann
Performer:  Joshua BellSteven IsserlisJeremy Denk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Double Concerto, op. 102 is conducted by Bell from the violin. There are moments that show his star quality, contrasting nicely with the detailed, concentrated approach of Isserlis, and the relatively small size of the Academy probably approximates the way Brahms imagined the work. The album finishes strongly with the original, less often recorded 1854 version of the Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8. It's a passionate, tumultuous work, and Isserlis and Bell come together with pianist Jeremy Denk to make the best possible case for it, offering a fine, stirring performance, and reason enough to pay the admission price here.

– All Music Guide (James Manheim)
The Double Concerto, op. 102 is conducted by Bell from the violin. There are moments that show his star quality, contrasting nicely with the detailed, concentrated approach of Isserlis, and the relatively small size of the Academy probably approximates the way Brahms imagined the work. The album finishes strongly with the original, less often recorded 1854 version of the Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8. It's a passionate, tumultuous work, and Isserlis and Bell come together with pianist Jeremy Denk to make the best possible case for it, offering a fine, stirring performance, and reason enough to pay the admission price here.

– All Music Guide (James Manheim) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
2.
Concerto for Violin in D minor: 2nd movement, Langsam by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Joshua Bell (Violin), Jeremy Denk (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854/1889; Germany 
Notes: 1854 Version 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Strange Disc February 1, 2017 By Steven G. (Minneapolis, MN) See All My Reviews "Vigorous performances, nothing to criticize here. But the sonic ambience is genuinely bizarre. The cello is wonderfully forceful and rich but the ensemble is completely artificial in the 'worst' ways of bad digital recording. I found this to be sufficiently off-putting that am returning the disc." Report Abuse
 Lovingly Sympatico November 16, 2016 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "This all star cast bring their personal touch to these three works. Steven Isserlis writes a nice little essay (''Brahms: Love and Friendship'') tying these together. The two concertos are competently played but, indeed the Trio for Piano and Strings is the standout in this set." Report Abuse
 3 November 10, 2016 By Smith Smith See All My Reviews "3" Report Abuse
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