Brahms The Violin and Viola Sonatas

Johannes Brahms’ Opp. 78, 100 and 108 form the quintessence of the Romantic violin sonata, comprising works flawless in form, balance and sentiment, yet distinct in personality. All were products of the composer’s summer vacations, happy and relaxed periods. The first, Op. 78 in G Major, dates from the summers of 1878 and 1879, spent at the Austrian village of Portschach overlooking Lake Worth. Both Op. 100 in A Major and Op. 108 in D Minor were begun in 1886 at the picturesque Swiss village of Thun, though Brahms did not complete Op. 108 until two summers later ...


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David Oistrakh said that Oscar Shumsky was "one of the world's greatest violinists". Fritz Kreisler said that he would become one of the finest violinists of the century. Leopold Stokowski called him, "the most astounding genius I have ever heard", and in 1925, when Shumsky was only 8 years old, Stokowski invited him to play the Mozart 5th Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In that same year Shumsky started his studies with Leopold Auer. After graduating from the Curtis Institute Toscanini invited him to join the NBC Symphony Orchestra and William Primrose asked him to lead the Primrose Quartet, saying he was "one of the greatest virtuosos I have ever heard". In 1981 he returned to the concert hall and the studio, making his last recording in 1993, when 76 years old. On top of all that, he conducted, taught and co-directed, with Glenn Gould, the Stratford Festival in Ontario, playing duo works with Gould and trio works when joined by Leonard Rose. What a pedigree and what a violinist

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