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Brahms: Violin Sonatas No 1-3 / Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lambert Orkis


Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001476702   
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anne-Sophie MutterLambert Orkis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Anne-Sophie Mutter first recorded these sonatas over a quarter century ago (at the age of nineteen) for EMI. Mutter’s return to this repertoire here naturally shows greater maturity, but also greater nuance and musicality. In the A major, the violinist reveals a tempered strength that buoys the opening theme, followed by playful interplay in the Andante before a more majesterial finale. The celebrated D minor is, while at times soaring, ultimately a more delicate creature. In the Presto, Mutter achieves, through alternating scrappy bridgework and shy attack, a pleasing variety of tones, with a pizzicato as sonorous as acoustic guitar. She imbues the quiet
Read more and personal G major with comfort and a soft touch. Throughout, the violinist is warmly complemented by pianist Lambert Orkis’s flowing lines and thoughtfully voiced accords.

-- Ben Finane, Listen Magazine

Never before have Mutter and Orkis seemed so joined at the hip, giving and taking, conducting dialogue, chasing each others' thoughts... She plays with a new degree of maturity and depth, especially visible in the slow movements. The disc's high point is the adagio from the first sonata, in G major, where Mutter's gold thread is reduced to a dusky murmur before shifting through tones as subtle as they are various. Orkis's contribution is equally vital, whether keeping pace with limpid filigree or, at the close, pedalling up a penumbra of resonance to balance Mutter's whispers. Magical music-making, this. Throughout, speeds and dynamics are controlled with regard for the music's inner substance, not its outward show. A masterly issue...

-- Geoff Brown, The London Times
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin), Lambert Orkis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Austria 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin), Lambert Orkis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin), Lambert Orkis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 

Sound Samples

Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In A, Op.100: 1. Allegro amabile
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In A, Op.100: 2. Andante tranquillo
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In A, Op.100: 3. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andante)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in G, Op.78: 1. Vivace ma non troppo
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in G, Op.78: 2. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in G, Op.78: 3. Allegro molto moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in D minor, Op.108: 1. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in D minor, Op.108: 2. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in D minor, Op.108: 3. Un poco presto e con sentimento
Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in D minor, Op.108: 4. Presto agitato

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