Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1; Violin Sonata No. 2; Violin Sonata No. 3

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COMPOSERS: Brahms
LABELS: Philips Solo
WORKS: Violin Sonata No. 1; Violin Sonata No. 2; Violin Sonata No. 3
PERFORMER: Arthur Grumiaux (violin) György Sebo´´k (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 446 570-2 ADD (1976)
Arthur Grumiaux and György Sebo´´k made these recordings in 1976; they play with watchful attention to dynamic shading, great refinement and an idiomatic assurance without which these eloquent works can sound dishearteningly supine. The G major Sonata, Op. 78 (1878/9), the earliest of this trilogy, draws a rapturously cultivated response from these artists. The Second Sonata (1886) is also gloriously fertile and imaginative, as is the majestic, severely purposeful reading of the D minor Sonata of 1888. This is a performance of challenging seriousness, delivered with patrician resolve; the twenty-year-old sound heartily belies its age, and you’ll unearth no finer mid-price versions of the Brahms violin sonatas than these. Michael Jameson

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