As in so many other aspects of his output, Brahms was intensely self-critical about his violin sonatas. He composed his first as early as 1853, when he was just 20, which he probably played privately with his friends, and may well have written at least four more, all of which were destroyed. In 1879, he produced what we now know as No. 1, the G major Sonata, Op. 78.
Like both the works that followed, the G major was written for Brahms's friend Joseph Joachim, for whom he had recently completed his Violin Concerto, and it shares that monumental work's lyrical effusiveness, its concern to make the violin sing above all else. The same mood pervades the second Sonata, in A major, Op. 100, which emerged seven years later, and it seems as if it was around then too that he at least sketched the D minor Sonata Op. 108, though that would not be finished for another two years. As its stormy key suggests, its mood is very different from that of its predecessors, and it is also conceived on a much larger scale, with four movements rather than the regulation three, it is much more a work designed for public consumption than the intimacies of the works in G and A. (Andrew Clements, The Guardian)
This album contains in succession the three 'official' sonatas in the performance of the young duo Daniela Cammarano, violin, and Alessandro Deljavan, piano.
Recorded at: Pieve di Sant'Eusebio (Bassano del Grappa),
Engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: Graphic by OnClassical using photo by x1brett from flickr.com (CC BY)
studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2011
Daniela Cammarano graduated with High honors and Magna Laude as
a student of Maestro Gigino Maestri at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Milan
She played as soloist with many orchestras around the world (Filarmonica Sibiu,
Botosani Orchestra botosani, Filarmonica Milano...) and with conductors as Gelmetti,
Khun, Rath and many others... Recent highlights have included concerts in chamber
groups in Italy (Parco della musica / Roma, Musica insieme/Bologna, Società dei
concerti/Milano, Amici della musica/Firenze...) and worldwide (Argentina, France,
Egypt, Greece, Swiss, Romenia, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Korea...). Her collaborations
included renowned artists as A. Carbonare, P. Gulda, B. Canino, G. Pieranunzi, K.
Bogino... She has been 1st violinist of the Quartetto di Fiesole.
Daniela Cammarano has recorded for OnClassical, Brilliant Classics, Decca/Universal,
Daniela is currently a professor at the 'A. Scontrino' Conservatory in Trapani.
Photo by © Francesco Astolfi.
[...] It was a great pleasure to work with the superb
violinist Daniela Cammarano: she has a stunning sound, great technique, and
a rare and creative artistic taste.
- William Grant Naborè
Alessandro Deljavan began studying piano before he was two years old,
and went on to win top prizes at national and international competitions as a child
and teenager. He has since performed in the major cities of Italy, as well as in
Argentina, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, and
the United States, and with the Haydn Orchester, as well as the Mariinsky Theatre
He has recorded the works of Alkan, Brahms, Busoni, Cramer, Rubinstein, Satie,
Schubert, and Schumann for the Naxos, Brilliant, OnClassical, Piano Classics, and
Stradivarius labels. He will also be featured alongside Evgeny Kissin, Antonio Pappano,
and Charles Rosen in a film about Liszt, produced and broadcast by Italian RAI TV.
An avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Sine Nomine Quartet, the
Takàcs Quartet, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Verdi, with which he also conducted.
He plays regularly with his violinist partner Daniela Cammarano as well.
Deljavan makes his home in Pescara, Italy, and is currently a Theo Lieven Scholar
at the Conservatory of Lugano.
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