Art of the Sonata vol. II

Petteri Iivonen

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Johannes Brahms dedicated his Violin Sonata No. 3 to Hans von Bu?low; it premiered with violinist Jenö Hubay in Budapest during the winter of 1888 with Brahms himself at the piano. This is the darkest and most severe of his three sonatas, and was soon taken up by Josef Joachim, who programmed it and played it repeatedly. Along with Vier ernste Gesänge, this sonata remains my favorite of Brahms’ compositions, possibly because it careens so calculatedly between heart-racing nervous tension and glorious melody. As was so often the case with Brahms, the composer had little confidence in this work when it was complete. He delayed sending it to his friend Clara Schumann because he feared it was not good enough for her to like it and Brahms didn’t want her to share it with Joachim unless she felt it would pass muster. When Brahms finally did share it with Clara Schumann, she responded with appropriate enthusiasm for this great work of art.
Some scholars note that Brahms’ piano parts in his sonatas and vocal music reach even higher levels of sophistication than the violinist’s or singer’s lines. There is certainly a healthy give and take between violin and piano in this sonata, but the piano part at least equals if not surpasses the violin part in subtlety. Regardless, Petteri and Kevin capture the listener in an unrelenting musical grip until the sonata’s satisfying conclusion.

Tracklist

1.
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor Op 108 Allegro
07:00
2.
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor Op 108 Adagio
04:00
3.
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor Op 108 Un poco presto e con sentimento
02:00
4.
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor Op 108 Presto agitato
05:00
5.
Sonata No. 4- I. Allemanda
05:00
6.
Sonata No. 4- II. Sarabande
03:00
7.
Sonata No. 4- III. Finale
03:00

Total time: 00:29:00

Additional information

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YAR76721DSD2

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AKG Tube – Gearworks Pro Audio

Original Recording Format

Producer

Bob Attiyeh, Jacob Horowitz

Recording Engineer

Bob Attiyeh

Recording location

Alfred Newmann Hall, Los Angeles

Recording Type & Bit Rate

Analog to DSD256

Release Date April 7, 2015

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