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Johannes Brahms: Two Viola Sonatas, Op. 120; Two Piano Rhapsodies, Op. 79



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The works of chamber music that showcase the timbre of the viola, so delicate and so profoundly human, are relatively scarce. Brahms’ two sonatas, Op. 120, elegant and highly expressive, sublimate the extreme sensitivity of the viola with a simplicity that only perfect mastery of musical composition can achieve. The music of Brahms and Yuri Bashmet's viola were made for each other. Here again, Yuri Bashmet has transformed the previously modest viola into a brilliant solo instrument in its own right. Admirably accompanied by her daughter, Ksenia Bashmet, he takes us into a world of depth, virtuosity and aesthetic prowess. Bashmet founded the International Viola Competition in Moscow, a competition that remains, to this day, the only one devoted to this instrument in Russia. This renowned viola player constantly makes international headlines in the realm of music, and his talent has been rewarded on countless occasions in both Russia and the rest of the world. Since 1983, when he was awarded the title of Artist Emeritus of the RSFSR, Bashmet has garnered titles and awards: winner of the State Prize of the USSR in 1986, People’s Artist of the USSR in 1991, and he also won the State Prize of the Russian Federation in 1994, 1996 and 2001, and in 1993 was named instrumentalist of the year (the equivalent of an Oscar in the world of music). He is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1995, he was awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in the world, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. In 1999, the French state appointed him Officier des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2003, he became a Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur. He is holds the most prestigious honour of the Republic of Lithuania, and in 2000, the President of Italy awarded him the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2002, the President of the Russia Federation gave him the Order for Merit to the Fatherland, third class. In 2013, Maestro Bashmet received the Order for Merit to the Fatherland, fourth class.
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Item number FON-1802030
Barcode 190758114125
Release date 01/04/2018
Category Sonatas
Label Fondamenta
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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