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Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Etc / Westphal, Oppens


Release Date: 09/11/1993 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9021   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Barbara WestphalUrsula Oppens
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Now this is my kind of Brahms playing! Westphal digs into this music with great passion and depth of tone. Her fabulous Gasparo da Salo viola, made in 1570, sounds almost like a cello at times. These well recorded performances sweep the field for me as far as current recordings go, and they seem worthy of comparison to the legendary Primrose. In fact, if you like the deepest, throaty viola tone, Westphal is almost without comparison in my experience."

- Leslie Gerber, Fanfare
"Now this is my kind of Brahms playing! Westphal digs into this music with great passion and depth of tone. Her fabulous Gasparo da Salo viola, made in 1570, sounds almost like a cello at times. These well recorded performances sweep the field for me as far as current recordings go, and they seem worthy of comparison to the legendary Primrose. In fact, if you like the deepest, throaty viola tone, Westphal is almost without comparison in my experience."

- Leslie Gerber, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1. Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Barbara Westphal (Viola), Ursula Oppens (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Barbara Westphal 
2. Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Barbara Westphal (Viola), Ursula Oppens (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 23 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Barbara Westphal (Viola), Ursula Oppens (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 21 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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