It still sounds like two instruments – piano and viola – are playing different pieces of music.
But, at least the music they’re playing is compelling.
What I’m listening to today:
Sonata for Viola & Piano in F minor Op. 120 No. 1
All four movements of this sonata are well done. I even detected a bit of melody amidst all the notes.
I thought Movement III (“Allegretto grazioso”) was good. But Movement IV (“Vivace”) kicked my keister.
Op. 120 No. 1 is terrific.
Here’s an article about it publishing on the LA Philharmonic web site. It indicates that this sonata was composed in 1891. If that’s true, Brahms was 58.
Sonata for Viola & Piano in E flat Op. 120 No. 2
This sonata is also quite good. The piano is well recorded. As is the viola. Very crisp. But organic. Real sounding.
My favorite of the three movements is Continue reading