Brahms: Sonata for cello and piano n°1 in e minor performed by Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud
Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud perform the Sonata for violoncelle and piano n°1 in e minor op. 38 by Johannes Brahms. Concert recorded on 1 February 2018 at the Radio France Auditorium (Paris).
To this day, the success of the Sonata n°1 in e minor for cello and piano by Johannes Brahms is undeniable. With its graceful, natural, and almost country charm, the work has won over audiences and performers alike. The Sonata n°2 in f major would unfortunately not experience the same success…
Though Brahms began composing the Sonata no.1 in 1862, it was only performed for the first time on 14 January 1871 at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. The work was dedicated to lawyer and violinist Josef Gänsbacher, to whom the composer owed a great deal: the latter even helped Brahms become head of the Vienna Singakademie in 1863.
The sonata is divided into three parts (Allegro non troppo, Allegretto quasi minuetto, Allegro), leaving aside the slow movement. Brahms had initially planned on composing an Adagio, but finally renounced this idea.
- Alexandre TharaudPerformer
- Jean-Guihen QueyrasPerformer