Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Brahms – Viola Sonatas, Op. 120 – Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91 (2021)
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It’s hard to imagine how anything could have been improved upon with this Brahms recital from three of Harmonia Mundi’s most sensitive and interesting artists.
The programming alone is a work of art: the idea of pairing the viola versions of Brahms’s two autumnal Op. 120 Clarinet Sonatas inspired by Meiningen Orchestra clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, with three further softly intimate works of his showcasing the viola’s similarities with the human voice – viola and piano arrangements of Nachtigall from the six Op. 97 Songs (extra resonant, when Brahms described Mühlfeld as the nightingale of the orchestra) and the famous Op. 49 Wiegenlied, followed by the Op. 91 Zwei Gesänge for Voice, Viola and Piano.

Then there’s the instruments, because for Tamestit and Tiberghien these are just as important to the music’s alchemy as the abilities of the performers, and their quest to find the perfect match for the penetrating, multi-shaded tones of Tamestit’s Stradivarius viola eventually led them to an 1899 Bechstein piano. The result was two instruments capable of a range of colours and roundness of sound across all registers and through even the most virtuosic of passages; and that’s precisely what you hear across the resultant lyrically tender, natural-feeling readings, because beyond the hand in glove chamber partnering you’re hearing, their respective tones are both alive with colouristic complexities and verily glowing.
Then, beyond being simply delicious, the vocal quality Tamestit draws out from the famous Wiegenlied melody serves as the perfect overture to the programme’s Zwei Gesänge – shaped icing on the cake – yet another perfect combination, Tamestit’s lines lovingly encircling and dovetailing with Goerne’s own richly warm, gentle baritone, the polished Teldex Studio engineering casting them on satisfyingly equal footings with each other, with the piano just slightly behind.

In short, absolutely gorgeous. – Charlotte Gardner

Tracklist

01. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: I. Allegro appassionato
02. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: II. Andante un poco adagio
03. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: III. Allegretto grazioso
04. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: IV. Vivace
05. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Nachtigall, Op. 97 No. 1 (Arr. for viola and piano)
06. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Viola Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2: I. Allegro amabile
07. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Viola Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2: II. Allegro appassionato
08. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Viola Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2: III. Andante con moto – Allegro
09. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Arr. for viola and piano)
10. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91: I. Gestillte Sehnsucht
11. Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne – Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91: II. Geistliches Wiegenlied

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