Masterclass: Brahms Violin Sonata no.2 first movement

Daniel Kurganov color pc Saulius Ke Photography

Taking inspiration from the composer’s Lieder, violinist Daniel Kurganov highlights the importance of emulating vocal lines in the second of Brahms’s violin sonatas

Brahms composed the Violin Sonata no.2 op.100 in 1886 while immersed in a pastoral state of mind on a summer retreat in Thun, Switzerland. You can see that from the immediate lyrical warmth of the opening. It was this violin sonata that captured my heart and imagination first, and I ended up recording it on my debut album in 2018…

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