Sonatas for Viola & Piano, Vol. 1

April 8th, 2011

TABEA ZIMMERMANN & KIRILL GERSTEIN
Sonatas for viola and piano Vol. 1
Rebecca Clarke
Henri Vieuxtemps
Johannes Brahms

MYR004, 1 hybrid SACD, 65:39, & © 2010 myrios classics & Deutschlandradio

Tabea Zimmermann and Kirill Gerstein’s first duo album, including sonatas for viola and piano by Johannes Brahms, Henri Vieuxtemps and British-US composer Rebecca Clarke.

 

In the Press

“…Tabea Zimmermann and Kirill Gerstein give an impressive reference of their instrumental mastery…” — Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“Tabea Zimmermann‘s sound is extraordinarily beautiful, round and luminous. Her performance is defined by rare precision and her musicality has a touching warmth. And she has an exceptional musician as a partner, Kirill Gerstein, whose playing sparkles in every bar.”
Le Monde

“Zimmermann and Gerstein give an ideal performance.”
Gramophone Magazine

“Let there be no doubt about it: Tabea Zimmermann is once again a miracle-maker. Her highly expressive playing is magnified by an ideal sense of dynamic and phrasing. Accompanied with brio by Kirill Gerstein, the violist offers us here, with this first volume, an unforgettable recording.”
— Jean-Jacques Millo, SA-CD.net

 

Tracklisting

Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979)
Sonata for Viola and Piano

  1. I. Impetuoso—poco agitato [7:41]
  2. II. Vivace [3:59]
  3. III. Adagio—Allegro [10:27]

 
Henri Vieuxtemps (1820–1881)
Sonata for Viola and Piano in B-Flat Major, Op. 36

  1. I. Maestoso—Allegro [11:26]
  2. II. Barcarolla [7:08]
  3. III. Finale: Scherzando [4:08]

 
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Sonata for Clarinet (Viola) and Piano in E-Flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2

  1. I. Allegro amabile [8:16]
  2. II. Allegro appassionato [4:52]
  3. III. Andante con moto [7:36]