Amanda Maier was greatly admired by Johannes Brahms for both her virtuoso artistry as a violinist and her ambitious, challenging compositions, including her own Violin Sonata. Brahms gave Maier an early edition of his own Third Violin Sonata — and made numerous revisions before publication based on Maier’s advice.
Amanda Maier Meets Johannes Brahms brings together their mutually infuential violin sonatas along with Brahms’ Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano. Elmira Darvarova, the frst female concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, is joined by rising Canadian piano star Bryan Wagorn and, in Brahms’ Horn Trio, New York Philharmonic principal horn Philip Myers in a rare solo appearance.
This release contains the only recording of the Maier Sonata currently available. The download edition also includes a bonus work not available on CD: Clara Schumann’s 3 Romanzen for piano and violin, Op. 22!
Amanda Maier Meets Johannes Brahms
- Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40
- Maier: Violin Sonata in b minor
- Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
Elmira Darvarova, violin • Philip Myers, horn • Bryan Wagorn, piano
Recorded January 6 & 7, 2013 at Bristol Hall, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
Engineered by John C. Baker
Produced by Gene Gaudette
Urlicht AudioVisual UAV-5994
CD release date: October 1, 2013