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Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms: Music for Viola and Piano

Magazine article Strings

Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms: Music for Viola and Piano

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SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN, AND BRAHMS: MUSIC FOR VIOLA AND PIANO

Use Berthaud. viola; Adam Laloum, piano. (Aparté)

Lise Berthaud's stunning debut recital with pianist Adam Laloum is a reminder of the viola's 19th century emergence as a great solo voice. With long-limbed phrasing, immaculate pacing, and her unnamed instrument's tawny chestnut tones, Berthaud brings out the emotional confusion and rich imagery of Schumann's Märchenbilder Op. 113. She also finds in Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata an unexpectedly ennobling core, and identifies movingly with the autumnal ebb and flow of Brahms's late Sonata Op. 120, No.2, most exceptionally in the central Allegro appassionato.

Berthaud, who joined BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists Scheme in October and is slated to record Berlioz's Harold in Italy with Leonard Slatkin in Lyon, impresses most with how sensitively she unfolds the full magnitude of Schubert's 25-minute long, often underrated masterpiece. …

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