Ilya Kaler was unknown to me until I ran across his name in a record review of the Tchaikovsky Violin Cto. on Naxos, only to discover that he has made enough recordings for them to qualify as their house Russian virtuoso. A winner of both the Paganini and Tchaikovsky competitions, Kaler demonstrates the incredible depth of talent emerging from Russai, and not just in warhorse concertos. These Brahms sontas are very lovely, not as individual perhaps as versions from Mullova, Perlman, or Szeryng, but done with genuine feeling ad musicality. Kaler's tone is full and evenly produced, in the post-Poistrakh mode. His excellent accompanist, Alexander Peshkanov, is as good as anyone I've heard short of Richtr or Ashkenazy. In sum, a wonderful bargainCD worthy to stand beside the best.