Johannes Brahms

Cello Sonatas

Brahms Cello Sonatas Portada

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  • CD Ref. IBS-82019 | DPL GR 585-2019
  • Ibs Classical

The music of Brahms, regardless of tastes, trends or aesthetic currents, is already part of the whisper of history. It does not need defenders, it does not concern detractors. It just stays.

This recording that is presented here breathes nobility. Nobility in the message of Brahms’s work and nobility in an interpretation that also starts from an absolute devotion to the music of two performers, Asier Polo and Eldar Nebolsin, in a moment of full artistic maturity.

There are no hesitations here either, the ideas are clearly and emphatically exposed, everything emerges and develops as if there were no other possibility of interpretation. Pure music that demands a total surrender and that parts from the deep knowledge of the Brahmsian language that the interpreters display at all times.

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The Sonata opus 38 No. 1 in E minor for cello and piano, Pastoral, was completed in one of the tougher moments in Brahms’s life, coinciding with the death of his mother. Although becoming a challenge for the performers, who must find the right balance of sound levels, this tribute to Bach overflows, paradoxically, freedom and fantasy, the different topics are intertwined in perfect balance, always in tension, and it is precisely in that game where fascination and genius emerge.

Twenty years separate the first and the second sonata, the Sonata opus 99 No. 2 in F major for cello and piano. In this second sonata for cello and piano, of greater dimensions and development than E minor sonata, the relationship between piano and cello is more elaborate. Even being a work of maturity, the sonata displays a passionate, vigorous breath, a youthful impulse within a timbre balance of the two voices that are treated with equal dignity.

Four exquisite lieder complete this recording: two of youth, Von ewiger Liebe (“Eternal love”; opus 43, No. 1) and Die Mainacht (“May night”; opus 43, No. 2), and two of maturity, Wie melodien Zieht es mir (“Like the melodies”; opus 105, No. 1) and Ständchen (“Serenade”; opus 106, No. 1), in a challenge contemplated by the performers when transforming the poem into instrumental music.

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Tracklist

CELLO SONATA No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
1. I. Allegro non troppo
2. II. Allegro quasi Menuetto
3. III. Allegro

4. Fünf Lieder Op.105 No.1: Wie Melodien zieht es mir

5. 4 Gesänge, Op. 43: No. 2.: Die Mainacht

SONATA PARCELLO SONATA No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
6. I. Allegro vivace
7. II. Adagio affettuoso
8. III. Allegro passionato
9. IV. Allegro molto

10. 4 Gesänge Op.43 No.1: Von ewiger Liebe

11. Fünf Lieder Op.106 No.1: Ständchen

Asier Polo, cello
Eldar Nebolsin, piano

Reviews

Melómano

Album distinguished with the “Melómano de Oro“ award

The undoubted technical capacity of both joins the enthusiasm and freshness.

Polo and Nebolsin travel in parallel through the Brahmsian sound layers with a clear, full and respectful sound, and with the necessary complicity to take the duo to a collective triumph.

The pathos that manages to create the cello is enveloping and intimate, but above all clear and balanced in its narration, while the piano overflows control and expressiveness to transmit without hesitation the mystery and passion of the Brahms-pianist.

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Beckmesser

Asier Polo and Eldar Nebolsin prove “solvency and full maturity.

A good sound record for two artists who understand each other.

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