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Reviews: Brahms: Violin Sonatas - Csaba/Heisser

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Review by nickc September 28, 2005 (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
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These three sonatas are such radiant masterpieces - really, only Ravel's and the Beethoven 10 equal them in my opinion - that they are essential listening for chamber music afficiandos.
The openings of the 1st. and 3rd. seem to float magically into your room, though the 3rd. soon builds up a head of steam, beng the most dramatic of the three.
The playing in the 3rd. is fairly personalized with tiny, agogic hesitations/fluctuations in the violin line in the opening movement, but apart from that performances are full of that special Brahmsian glow.
The sound is also excellent with some minor reservations. The violin is anchored solely in the left speaker with the piano behind and in the centre and right speakers. In general the piano is a fiendishly difficult instrument to record and here sounds slighlty veiled, though is it full-bodied. My current chamber reference is the Channel Classics Beethoven cello sonatas - this disc doesn't hit those lofty heights, though to be fair it is not far behind.
Highly recommended!

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Review by sacdman May 2, 2010 (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
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A marvelous disc! The sound of the violin as captured on this recording is close
to perfection -- warm, big-hearted and a bit closely miked. Csaba's violin tone
is beautiful indeed, as are the performances as a whole. One of my favorite recordings.

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