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Brahms: Violin Sonatas / Perlman, Ashkenazy


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 66945   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Itzhak PerlmanVladimir Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Perlman is, still, the greatest living exponent of the Romantic, sentimental style of violin playing. As in his reading of the Brahms concerto with Giulini and the Chicago Symphony, he shows sovereign mastery in these accounts, which are characterized by intense emotion and heated expression – Perlman’s warm vibrato and carefully placed portamentos quickly give him away – but are also gripping in the quiet, meditative pages. The first two sonatas’ relationship to songs could easily be guessed from the way Perlman plays them in a single, seamless line, marked by soaring climaxes and tender, haunting pianissimos. The treatment sometimes does seem a bit premeditated, but it is so compelling as to sweep aside any criticism. In this 1983 Read more recording (sonically superior to Perlman’s later remake with pianist Daniel Barenboim, for Sony), the violin sounds slightly forward, though not unpleasantly so. Warm, supportive, lyrical playing from Ashkenazy rounds out a marvelous offering. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1983 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 27 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1983 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 20 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1983 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 21 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78: I. Vivace ma non troppo
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78: II. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78: III. Allegro molto moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: I. Allegro amabile
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di più - Andante - Vivace
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108: I. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108: II. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108: III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108: IV. Presto agitato

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