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Brahms: Works For Violin & Piano / Znaider, Bronfman


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 706106   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nikolaj ZnaiderYefim Bronfman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


With these marvelous performances of the three Brahms violin sonatas, Nikolaj Znaider hits his artistic stride, abetted by Yefim Bronfman's impeccable piano partnership. The G major seemingly begins out of nowhere in darkness, then gradually takes on brighter colors as Znaider opens up his tone. The canonic interaction between violin and piano unfolds with gentle yet enlivening lack of effort, as does all of the composer's cross-rhythmic phrasing. Sample, if you can, Bronfman's solo introduction to the slow movement, and also notice how he admirably avoids other pianists' tendencies to push forward in climaxes by allowing the bass lines time to resonate and breathe in strict tempo. The A major
Read more sonata proves equally winning in a tender, lyrically inflected interpretation where even the softest, most delicate moments never go the least bit slack.

The musicians take the D minor's first movement at an animated Allegro that still manages to convey the music's brooding, somewhat mysterious underside. In the eloquent Adagio, Znaider's long-lined command suggests a bow with no end, while Znaider and Bronfman bring astute voice leading and relative sobriety to the third movement--a valid alternative to more impulsive and animated accounts (Mullova/Anderszewski, for example). Control and clarity define the pair's way with the finale, although the rollicking momentum they generate does not quite match the irresistible, kinetic abandon with which Suk/Katchen, Dumay/Pires, and Heifetz/Kapell have spoiled at least one reviewer named Distler! They conclude with an impassioned, intelligently parsed rendition of the "F.A.E Sonata" Scherzo. RCA's detailed, beautifully balanced engineering further enhances my highest recommendation.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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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:  Nikolaj Znaider (Violin), Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Austria 
Venue:  Theater C, Performing Arts Center, Purch 
Length: 25 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Theater C, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, NY (12/13/2005 - 12/19/2005) 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano), Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Venue:  Theater C, Performing Arts Center, Purch 
Length: 19 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Theater C, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, NY (12/13/2005 - 12/19/2005) 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano), Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
Venue:  Theater C, Performing Arts Center, Purch 
Length: 20 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Theater C, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, NY (12/13/2005 - 12/19/2005) 
4.
Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano), Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Venue:  Theater C, Performing Arts Center, Purch 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Theater C, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, NY (12/13/2005 - 12/19/2005) 

Sound Samples

I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Un poco presto con sentimento
IV. Presto agitato
Scherzo in C minor: Allegro, WoO2

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Top Notch Playing March 5, 2015 By M. Bishop (Clackamas, OR) See All My Reviews "The violin playing on this album is excellent. The marked vibrato and fluent violin playing is noted and applauded. The piano accompaniment is just that--a compliment to the violin music played. The quality of the recoding is also excellent and worthy of note. When all is said, I would highly recommend this album to those seeking quality renditions of Brahms' violin and piano works." Report Abuse
 top notch September 10, 2014 By D. McArthur (Gretna, LA) See All My Reviews "This is a top notch performance of Brahms. It is destined to be a favorite on your CD shelf. Even if you have a recording that you love, you will make room for Znaider and Bronfman...enjoy!" Report Abuse
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