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ca. 1695 Giuseppe Guarneri violin
1886 Chickering concert grand
Johannes Brahms Sonata No. 3 in d,
Op. 108 (1886-88)
3. Un poco presto e con sentimento
4. Presto agitato
Johannes Brahms began his passionate, sometimes wild third violin sonata in the summer of 1886. In April of that same year, Chickering & Sons, the esteemed Boston piano firm, shipped a splendid rosewood concert grand to their New York showroom. Sonata and piano matured over the ensuing decades, finally meeting late last fall in this remarkable recording.
Daniel Kurganov plays a late-17th-c. violin by Giuseppe Guarneri (Cremona). Its fetching meld of subtlety and quiet power perfectly suits this sonata. Pianist Constantine Finehouse calls on the big Chickering's broad range of dynamics, color, and sometimes sheer horsepower. They use these ideal instruments to summon a degree of realism and viscerality that take this sonata, one of the towering chamber works of the 19th century, to a rare level of beauty and elegance. The famed La Grua acoustic adds depth and loveliness to the duo's incomparable performance.
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