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Brahms: Violin Sonatas / Josef Suk, Julius Katchen


Release Date: 02/06/2001 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466393   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Josef SukJulius Katchen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Josef Suk, the Czech violinist whose noble, aristocratic style was admirably suited to Brahms' music, and Julius Katchen, a superb American pianist whose premature death in 1969 robbed us of one of his generation's most outstanding talents, recorded these sonatas in 1967. Since then they've generally been regarded as classics, deserving of the "Legends" appellation of the label. Suk plays with a golden glow to his tone. His phrasing is natural, nothing forced. In more heated moments, such as the Presto agitato finale to Op. 108, he supplies the requisite fire, never losing tonal luster. In Op. 78's first movement, as in countless other places, mounting excitement comes less from faster speeds or louder dynamics but from the Read more palpable intensification of his rich tone. Suk's legato playing is a marvel; you feel his bow never leaves the strings even in the most extended passages, and throughout, he has that "speaking" quality to the phrasing that was a feature of the greatest fiddlers of the past.


Katchen is an ideal partner, far from the passive accompanist we often hear in staple works. He matches Suk's poetic lyricism and powers climaxes boldly, imbuing the keyboard part with individuality. The transfers are the best these performances have had; it's worth replacing the old London ADRM CD release, which sounds nasal and grainy alongside this one.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Julius Katchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1967 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 26 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano), Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1967 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano), Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1967 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

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.2 in A, Op.100: 1. Allegro amabile
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.100: 2. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di più - Andante vivace
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.100: 3. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andante)
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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