Richard Markson / Jorge Federico Osorio

Brahms: 3 Cello Sonatas

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Johannes Brahms: 3 Cello Sonatas. Three, really? Listeners are undoubtedly familiar with the two standard sonatas (the ones in E minor and F major). The "third" sonata is actually an arrangement of the G major Violin Sonata. The exact authorship of this transcription is not entirely clear, although the original publisher tried to ascribe the work to Brahms himself. In the past, cellists have increasingly adopted this sonata as one of their own, much as they have with the Franck A major sonata. This recording by cellist Richard Markson and pianist Jorge Federico Osorio offers listeners a solid yet unimaginative set of these three sonatas. The recorded sound level throughout the album is quite low, so be prepared to constantly adjust the volume to be able to clearly hear piano passages. Markson's tone is generally warm save for some instances in the higher registers where it becomes somewhat strained and constricted. Technical aspects, including intonation, are also pleasing though nothing extraordinary. Musically, Markson and Osorio play it safe; this recording certainly doesn't offer listeners anything new or interpretively unique from any of the other countless quality recordings of these works.

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