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Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin

by Benjamin Shute & Kai-Ching Chang

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1. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78: I. Vivace ma non troppo
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2. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78: II. Adagio - Più andante - Adagio
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3. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78: III. Allegro molto moderato
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4. Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: I. Allegro amabile
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5. Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di più - Andante - Vivace
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6. Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andante)
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7. Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108: I. Allegro
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8. Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108: II. Adagio
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9. Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108: III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
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3:03 $0.99
10. Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108: IV. Presto agitato
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6:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
The Three Sonatas for Piano and Violin

Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Adagio—più andante—adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato

Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo—Vivace
III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)

Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
IV. Presto agitato

The three sonatas for piano and violin of Johannes Brahms are beloved by performers and audiences alike for their warmth and breadth of emotion. The first sonata in G major follows chronologically on the heels of the Olympian violin concerto but could scarcely be more contrasting in its profoundly nostalgic and utterly unpretentious lyricism. The first movement takes its soft flight with a dance-like dotted rhythm that evolves throughout the sonata from waltz to funeral march and finally to a quotation from Brahms’ own Regenlied (“Rain song”), forming the main theme of the third and final movement, which ties together musical and tonal elements from the previous movements. This final movement, uncharacteristically in minor, becomes transfigured into G-major only at the very close of the sonata.

The second sonata in A major is simple but subtle, a work of genial warmth interspersed with episodes of sylvan wonder and moments of restless Sehnsucht, likely inspired by Brahms’ summertime stay in the beautiful Swiss lakeside town of Thun in 1886.

The third and last sonata in D minor is the angstiest of the three, opening with a haunting theme that is almost eerie in its uneasy calm and ending with a heaven-storming final movement that recalls the fury of the famous first movement of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata. The four movements are structured tonally so as to appear to encourage a seamless transition from one movement into another, so we have sought to perform it accordingly both in live concert and in this recording.

About the artists

Boston-based pianist Kai-Ching Chang is the 2010 winner of the Prix de Musique de Chambre from the Conservatoire américain de Fontainebleau and a faculty at New School of Music. She has held positions as a pianist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the New England Conservatory. https://www.kaichingchang.com/

Violinist Benjamin Shute is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, a faculty member of Oklahoma Baptist University, and baroque violinist with the Highlands Duo. He is the author of a book on J. S. Bach’s solo violin works, and his critical reconstructions of lost or incompletely surviving works of Bach have been performed internationally. https://www.benjaminshute.com/

About the recording:
When considering committing our interpretation of these sonatas to disk, we decided we wanted an approach that would most nearly capture the effect of a live performance and also recall the warm analog sound of earlier twentieth-century recordings. We are deeply grateful to Eric Kilburn of Wellspring Sound for making this a reality, as well as to all who contributed to the financing of this project through GoFundMe.

Recorded in Feb.6 & 7, 2019 at Wellspring Sound (Acton, MA). Engineer: Eric Kilburn.
Mixed to 1/2" Studer analog recorder at 15 ips.

Program notes by Benjamin Shute. Cover photo and design by Kai-Ching Chang and JH.



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