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Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) conducting his oratorio "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, in 2001. Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Johannes Brahms: Sonata for piano and violin No.2 in A major – Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos

Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, a superstar duo at Carnegie Hall.

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos (the youngest winner of the Sibelius Violin Competition) and pianist Yuja Wang (star of the piano at only 27) are brilliant as soloists on the international stage. For a few months now, they have been giving concerts together around the world and have recorded a CD of Brahms sonatas for violin and piano, released by Decca in March 2014. In London, Robert Matthew-Walker wrote, "Wang is superb and Kavakos is violinistically impeccable, sustaining Brahms's lines perfectly with every note dead in tune [...] The result is a great performance".

Source: (2014)

While on vacation in Thun during August 1886, Johannes Brahms found himself so refreshed and musically invigorated that he proclaimed the area to be "so full of melodies that one has to be careful not to step on any". Indeed, during his time there Brahms composed three of his most beloved chamber works in just a matter of days. Op.99 is the second of Brahms' two cello sonatas, and Op. 101 the great C minor piano trio; in between these is Op.100, the Sonata for piano and violin No.2 in A major (the order in which the instruments are listed – piano first and then violin – is Brahms' own indication; he was following in the footsteps of Mozart and Beethoven by giving the keyboardist top billing). The Sonata was premiered in Vienna a few weeks before Christmas 1886 by Brahms and then-famous violinist Joseph Hellmesberger.

The A major Sonata is both the shortest and the most immediately ingratiating of Brahms' three violin sonatas; not for a single moment is the radiant, happy mood ever put in real jeopardy (even during the fractured contrapuntal passages in the first movement's development), and the tunes are of the long-spun, heart-warming variety that sticks in the mind's ear. Brahms achieves a three-movement plan by combining slow movement and scherzo into one – in this central movement, passages of sweet and simple Andante tranquillo alternate with fleet-footed Vivace episodes during which Brahms introduces hemiola and off-beat rhythmic accents. The Allegro amabile first movement is aptly summed up by that word, "amabile" – one hardly expects that the second theme could possibly outdo the first in terms of sheer lyric beauty, but somehow Brahms manages it. In the Allegro grazioso (quasi Andante) last movement Brahms builds a relaxed rondo around a main theme whose contours are so deep and velvety that it has become customary for violinists to play the entire theme on the instrument's rich G string.

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Ο διεθνούς φήμης βιολονίστας Λεωνίδας Καβάκος και η διάσημη Κινέζα πιανίστρια Γιούτζα Ουάνγκ ερμηνεύουν τη Σονάτα για πιάνο και βιολί αρ. 2 σε Λα μείζονα, έργο 100, του Γιοχάνες Μπραμς. Η συναυλία δόθηκε στο Κάρνεγκι Χολ στη Νέα Υόρκη στις 23 Νοεμβρίου 2014.

Συχνά ο Μπραμς δανειζόταν θεματικό υλικό ή μελωδίες από τραγούδια του (lieder) για να δημιουργήσει νέες συνθέσεις μουσικής δωματίου. Στη Σονάτα για βιολί και πιάνο αρ. 1, το θέμα από το τελευταίο μέρος είναι αυτούσια η μελωδία από το «Τραγούδι της βροχής» (Regenlied), ενώ στη Σονάτα για πιάνο και βιολί αρ. 2, στο πρώτο μέρος το πρώτο θέμα θυμίζει το τραγούδι του Walther από την όπερα του Βάγκνερ «Αρχιτραγουδιστές της Νυρεμβέργης», ενώ το δεύτερο θέμα είναι από το τραγούδι "Wie Melodien zieht es mir" του ίδιου του Μπραμς.

Ο Γιοχάνες Μπραμς συνέθεσε τη Σονάτα για πιάνο και βιολί αρ. 2 σε Λα μείζονα, έργο 100, το 1886. Έδωσε μάλιστα στο έργο τον τίτλο «Σονάτα για πιάνο και βιολί» αντί του συνηθισμένου «Σονάτα για βιολί και πιάνο», για να τονίσει ότι το μέρος του πιάνου είναι εξίσου σημαντικό με αυτό του βιολιού. Η Σονάτα παρουσιάστηκε για πρώτη φορά στη Βιένη στις 2 Δεκεμβρίου 1886, από τον διάσημο Αυστριακό βιολονίστα Josef Hellmesberger τον πρεσβύτερο, ενώ το μέρος του πιάνου ερμήνευσε ο ίδιος ο συνθέτης.

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

♪ Sonata for violin and piano No.2 in A major, Op.100 (1886)

i. Allegro amabile
ii. Andante tranquillo – Vivace – Andante – Vivace di più – Andante – Vivace
iii. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)

Yuja Wang, piano
Leonidas Kavakos, violin

Carnegie Hall, New York, November 23, 2014

Movie director: Jean-Pierre Loisil 

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See also

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