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  Sonatas for Viola & Piano Vol. 1 - Zimmermann, Gerstein
  Brahms, Clarke, Vieuxtemps

Tabea Zimmermann (viola)
Kirill Gerstein (piano)
Track listing:
  Classical - Chamber
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Review by JJ December 23, 2010 (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
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The three Sonatas for Viola and Piano presented on this SACD allow three composers of differing nationalities to mingle. First and foremost, one might say, is the British composer and musician Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) and her Sonata, dating from 1919, which is inspired from beginning to end. Unknown and unrecognized, she didnít hesitate to declare in 1976 to those who doubted the origin of the score in question: ďAnd when I obtained the only sliver of success I had in my life with the Sonata for Viola, the rumor spread that I hadnít written it myself, that someone else had composed it instead of me. I was even the object of one or two articles which stated that I didnít exist, that no one by the name of Rebecca Clark existed, that it was a pseudonym for Ernest Bloch.Ē Next is Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881) with his Sonata for Clarinet in E flat major Op.120/2, here transcribed for Viola. 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
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 3  

Johannes Brahms - Viola Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2
Rebecca Clarke - Viola Sonata
Henri Vieuxtemps - Viola Sonata in B flat, Op. 36