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Work: Cello Sonata no. 2 in F major, Op.99

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ComposerBrahms, Johannes (1833-1897)
Work typeInstrumental
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AmsterdamClose-up: Artist in Residence Janine Jansen

Het Concertgebouw
Brahms, Bartók, Dohnányi
Janine Jansen; Olivier Patey; Katy Woolley; Frederik Boits

QuebecJean-Guihen Queyras et Alexandre Tharaud au Club musical de Québec

© Marco Borggreve
Debussy, Brahms, Chopin, Popper, Haydn, Kreisler
Jean-Guihen Queyras; Alexandre Tharaud

Munich4. Festspiel-Kammerkonzert: Recital Jakob Spahn

© Wilfried Hösl
Beethoven, Brahms
Jakob Spahn; Jonathan Aner
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Hough and Isserlis in a heavyweight programme at Wigmore Hall

Steven Isserlis © Joanna Bergin

The opening of Stephen Hough's Brahms residency at Wigmore Hall has mixed results. 

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Hakhnazaryan at Wigmore: a riotous jig with a touch of class

Narek Haknazaryan © Marco Borggreve
Hakhnazaryan’s programme was rich with meaty music.
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Revolt against tradition: Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan at Wigmore Hall

Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann | Decca
The unmistakable approach of the American cellist lent itself easily to both Stravinsky and a recent work by Steven Mackey. It also twisted Brahms a little beyond recognition.
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The engaging lyricism of cellist Amit Peled's debut at Ravinia Festival

For whatever reason, performers have always seemed to fear the fourth wall. They are content to let their music speak for itself, and any attempt to address the audience verbally is often considered lowbrow. This makes sense in some regards, as it facilitates the image of performer as master and lends artistic integrity to the music.
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Some memorable moments in a mixed cello concert

Reviewing concerts by young performers can be a tricky business, particularly when the material is highly varied and the way it is played even more so. Whenever I formed an opinion about the cello playing of Pablo Ferrández in today’s concert in Gstaad Chapel, I found myself contradicting it in the following piece.
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