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CCCS M24707 SA
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Hybrid Multichannel SACD

Hybrid Multichannel SACD

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"Wispelwey and Lazi are the perfect team to present these three great Brahms sonatas. They present us with rich, glowing performances of exquisite detail. Their tone, sonority and phrasing capture the essence of these works and it is hard for the listener to be anything other than captivated by the strong melodic lines. These are heartfelt performances and these soloists stand as equals to create, in my mind, one of the finest interpretations of these sonatas." Recording = 9/10; Music = 9/10 – Richard S Foster, Hi-Fi+, Issue 59

Johannes Brahms composed chamber music throughout his entire career. Over some 40 years, Brahms produced 25 exceptional pieces of chamber music ranging from duo to sestet, all of them composed with the same apparent ease. This was in sharp contrast to his titanic struggles with orchestral music, particularly in the first symphony and the first piano concerto. Brahms ultimately succeeded in attaining the level of his predecessors in his orchestral works, but his preference was for chamber music, and his personality came through more clearly in the smaller settings. After his first cello sonata, Brahms wrote all four of his symphonies before turning to a second sonata. Although it's a product of his middle years, this F major work is marked by a youthful boldness and symphonic approach to the piano writing, while never sacrificing a generous, easy lyricism. Cellist Pieter Wispelwey pairs these seminal works with a transcription of the first clarinet sonata.

1. Sonate for piano and cello in e-minor, op.38
2. Allegro non troppo
3. Allegretto quasi menuetto
4. Allegro
Sonate for piano and cello in D-Major, op.78
6. Vivace ma non troppo
7. Adagio-più andante-adagio
8. Allegro molto moderato
Sonate for piano and cello in f-minor, op.120 nr 1
10. Allegro appassionato
11. Andante un poco adagio
12. Allegretto grazioso
13. Vivace

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