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Johannes Brahms: Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Arabella Steinbacher, Robert Kulek

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Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78  
1
I. Vivace ma non troppo
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
11:04
2
II. Adagio
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
8:55
3
III. Allegro molto moderato
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
9:22
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100  
4
I. Allegro amabile
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
8:26
5
II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
7:32
6
III. Allegro grazioso (quasi andante)
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
5:43
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108  
7
I. Allegro
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
8:11
8
II. Adagio
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
4:53
9
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
3:05
10
IV. Presto agitato
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
5:54
Violin Sonata in A Minor, "F-A-E"  
11
III. Scherzo in C Minor, WoO 2
Johannes Brahms; Arabella Steinbacher; Robert Kulek
5:50
Total Playing Time    78:55
"For the unforced but forceful command and élan of Steinbacher’s performances and for the liveliness of the recorded sound ... an urgent recommendation."
- Fanfare

"Five Stars. There's a strongly lyrical impulse in Steinbacher's playing which is suited to the intimate character of these sonatas ... Kulek is an admirable partner and projects both the richness and clarity of texture in Brahms's writing through a carefully controlled use of the pedal ... PentaTone's recording has real presence ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Four Stars ... Steinbacher and Kulek approach these timeless scores with a velvet-gloved tenderness and affection ... Steinbacher produces a sensuous sound of beguiling purity that sends Brahms's rich cantabile lines soaring aloft and receives wonderfully sympathetic support from Kulek ... in terms of sheer beauty of sound Steinbacher and Kulek have no rivals."
- Classic FM

This 2011 recording of Brahms's complete violin concertos marks the second collaboration between violinist Arabella Steinbacher and pianist Robert Kulek; they first teamed up on record in 2008 and reunited in 2014 for a third album of Romantic sonatas. On this release their individual virtuosity is on display, the combination blending magically and captured in superb audio quality.
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