Brahms: Two Sonatas for Piano and Cello
Catalog Number: J111

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ARTISTS
Nancy Green, CELLIST
Frederick Moyer, PIANIST
 
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REPERTOIRE
Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op 38
Allegro non troppo
Allegretto quasi Menuetto
Allegro
Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
Allegro vivace
Adagio affettuoso
Allegro passionato
Allegro molto
 
Two pillars of the cello repertoire, these sonatas are equally as demanding and rewarding for the pianist. Heartfelt, touching, exhilarating, stormy, sublime, richly-colored, these grand works are among Brahms’ finest for any instrument. 
 
“There are so many recordings of the Brahms sonatas I could recommend that the list would be a long one. But again and again when reviewing new versions of these works, the one I keep coming back to with unwavering consistency is the JRI recording with cellist Nancy Green and pianist Frederick Moyer. I’ve called their readings of these works rapturous, radiant, and ravishing.” FANFARE MAGAZINE

“‘Economy yet richness’ was Arnold Schoenberg's telling assessment of Brahms' mature style. Nancy Green's accounts of the cello sonatas have all the tonal richness anyone could desire...” BBC CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Green's playing is nothing short of rapturous, and pianist Moyer attends with such rapport that both voices are as one. This is music making of the highest order. And rarely does one hear the sound of a cello captured so radiantly and ravishingly on record…Even if you have one or more recordings of these works in your collection, this one is very special. I cannot urge you too strongly to order a copy of it.” FANFARE MAGAZINE

“It's evident from the outset that cellist Nancy Green and her partner at the keyboard Frederick Moyer have plenty to say about this music. In sum, these are astoundingly good performances, played with empathetic grandeur and charisma, and in a style that constantly suggests cellistic authority. Nancy Green has a formidable technical presence…Frederick Moyer proves to be uncannily accommodating to Green's vital, enervated style, even when the rhythmic interstices of the music are stretched almost to the breaking point by the gripping spontaneity of her playing…thrilling stuff.”
FANFARE MAGAZINE

“All are exceptional recordings, brimming with thoughtful artistry and lovely, lyrical playing. The Brahms disc, with pianist Frederick Moyer, features especially sublime performances...from aching introspection to breathless, biting brilliance, sometimes in the single sweep of a broad, well-paced phrase. Green and Moyer are an exceptional tandem - each player articulates the formal classicism of Brahms' music while fully exploring the emotions brimming from within. Their musical dialogue captures both the breadth of Brahms' compositional ideals and the intimacy of its execution...world-class musicianship.” THE WICHITA EAGLE

“The partnership between cello and piano in these scores is an ecology of color, weight and texture. Moyer and Green are ever-mindful of this. Green’s sound is full and rich, profiting especially the probing E Minor sonata…Arizona Republic-KBAQ Classical CD of the Week.” THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

“The Brahms disc, with Pianist Frederick Moyer, features especially siblime performances. Green’s cello moves from aching introspection to breathless, biting brilliance, sometimes in the single sweep of a broad, well-placed phrase. Green and Moyer are an exceptional tandem – each player articulates the formal classicism of Brahms’ music while fully exploring the emotions brimming from within. Their musical dialoque captures both the breadth of Brahms’ compositional ideals and the intimacy of its execution.” THE WICHITA EAGLE