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3 Vln Sons

Johannes Brahms Audio CD
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1. Sonata No.1 In G Major, Op.78: I: Vivace ma non troppo
2. Sonata No.1 In G Major, Op.78: II: Adagio
3. Sonata No.1 In G Major, Op.78: III: Allegro molto moderato
4. Sonata No.2 In A Major, Op.100: I: Allegro amabile
5. Sonata No.2 In A Major, Op.100: II: Andante tranquillo - Vivace
6. Sonata No.2 In A Major, Op.100: III: Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)
7. Sonata No.3 In D Minor, Op.108: I: Allegro
8. Sonata No.3 In D Minor, Op.108: II: Adagio
9. Sonata No.3 In D Minor, Op.108: III: Un poco presto e con sentimento
10. Sonata No.3 In D Minor, Op.108: IV: Presto agitato

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Brahms's three sonatas have been recorded many times, but there is always room for another interpretation as interesting as this one. These two players are consummate masters of their instruments; their approach is highly personal, but thoughtful, genuinely felt, and respectful of the text, with meticulously observed dynamics and carefully shaped phrases. The collaboration is impeccable, though it seems based on an attraction of opposites. Pamela Frank's tone is strikingly beautiful, rich but not lush, and adaptable to all expressive demands without need for sentimental slides. Peter Serkin's playing is distinguished by its clarity of line and texture, enabling him to bring out hidden voices and melodies. Some of their interpretive choices may not be to everyone's taste, especially their tempi, some of which are extremely slow but remarkably well sustained; on the other hand, the third sonata's wistful third movement is restless and explosive, the Finale headlong in its impetuosity. The opening movement of the first sonata, too, is unusually brisk, and the liberties in the Finale are a bit excessive. The playing is most consistently convincing in the second sonata: beautifully simple, warm, lyrical, and poetic; every detail is caressed with loving attention. --Edith Eisler

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Here, violinist Frank and pianist Serkin have a deeply considered overall concept of what they're playing, allowing them to echo each other with a seemingly contradictory blend of total rapport and individual freedom. -- USA Today

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5.0 out of 5 stars A considerable achievment. May 27 2000
Brahms at the best of times can be difficult to portray adequately-the moods in his music change constantly and surprisingly-added to that most virtuoso violinists these days seem to overcharge everything-I'm particularly thinking of Anne Sophie Mutter's Beethoven that a good performance of this repertoire is not that easy to find-but not here:Pamela Frank and Peter Serkin play these with an incredible emotional warmth and a simplicity that I have not encountered elsewhere. They are also very alive to the great subtlety in this music and they are also very beautifully recorded.In short this is a considerable chamber music recital.
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If you like comparing different versions of classical pieces grab a copy of this Frank/Serkin version of Brahms' Violin sonatas but if you just want to own one copy of Brahms Violin Sonatas get the Zukerman/Barenboim version (Deutsche Grammophon). Not only does the Zukerman/Barenboim version sound more solid, you get three additional Brahms pieces for the price of one CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A considerable achievment. May 27 2000
By Liam Sinclair - Published on Amazon.com
Brahms at the best of times can be difficult to portray adequately-the moods in his music change constantly and surprisingly-added to that most virtuoso violinists these days seem to overcharge everything-I'm particularly thinking of Anne Sophie Mutter's Beethoven that a good performance of this repertoire is not that easy to find-but not here:Pamela Frank and Peter Serkin play these with an incredible emotional warmth and a simplicity that I have not encountered elsewhere. They are also very alive to the great subtlety in this music and they are also very beautifully recorded.In short this is a considerable chamber music recital.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its good but the Zukerman/Barenboim version is betterer March 24 2001
By Benjamin Bolival - Published on Amazon.com
If you like comparing different versions of classical pieces grab a copy of this Frank/Serkin version of Brahms' Violin sonatas but if you just want to own one copy of Brahms Violin Sonatas get the Zukerman/Barenboim version (Deutsche Grammophon). Not only does the Zukerman/Barenboim version sound more solid, you get three additional Brahms pieces for the price of one CD.
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