Brahms: The Complete Violin Sonatas

Brahms: The Complete Violin Sonatas

by Leonid Kogan
     
 

Leonid Kogan is one of the most venerated violinists of the twentieth century. He is known for his lean tone, tight vibrato, and cool and stylistic integrity, all qualities he brings to these readings of the three Brahms violin sonatas. Brahms was a traditionalist, and thus it is no wonder that he was attracted to the sonata format. But, asSee more details below

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Leonid Kogan is one of the most venerated violinists of the twentieth century. He is known for his lean tone, tight vibrato, and cool and stylistic integrity, all qualities he brings to these readings of the three Brahms violin sonatas. Brahms was a traditionalist, and thus it is no wonder that he was attracted to the sonata format. But, as with his symphonies, he did not tackle these works until well into his compositional career. The first sonata, Op. 78, composed in 1878, is titled the "Regenlied" sonata because the "Regenlied" theme in its third movement was derived from an earlier and unrelated song Brahms had written. The second, Op. 100, which contains many quotations from Brahms' songs, and the third, Op. 108, are called the Thun sonatas because they were written while Brahms was at Lake Thun and are contemporaneous with his two clarinet sonatas. All three sonatas display Brahms' love of thematic and harmonic variation. These performances are from the mid-'50s and the quality of sound is representative of that era. However, that should not deter the listener. These are fine performances and that factor should carry the day. They convey the works' power and nobility. Kogan is a violinist with a pure tone and absolute technique and performs these mature works with a cool and controlled temperament. Pianist Andrei Mytnik is a compatible complement to Kogan's admirable musicmaking. As a bonus to this fine disc of the complete Brahms violin sonatas, Kogan and Mytnik sparklingly perform selected Brahms' "Hungarian Dances," also recorded live in the early to mid-'50s. Kogan plays on a Guarneri del Gesu violin dated 1726.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2006
Label:
Archipel
UPC:
4035122403558
catalogNumber:
355
Rank:
148863

Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in G major ("Regen"), Op. 78  - Johannes Brahms  - Leonid Kogan  - Andrei Mytnik
  2. Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 2 in A major ("Thun"), Op. 100  - Johannes Brahms  - Leonid Kogan  - Andrei Mytnik
  3. Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108  - Johannes Brahms  - Leonid Kogan  - Andrei Mytnik
  4. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1  - Johannes Brahms  - Leonid Kogan  - Andrei Mytnik
  5. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in D minor, WoO 1/2  - Johannes Brahms  - Leonid Kogan  - Andrei Mytnik
  6. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in F minor, WoO 1/4  - Johannes Brahms  - Leonid Kogan  - Andrei Mytnik
  7. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in F sharp minor, WoO 1/17  - Johannes Brahms  - Leonid Kogan  - Andrei Mytnik

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