I just finished watching WQXR’s webcast featuring violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is available only today and tomorrow, so I hope you’ll get a chance to see it. Here’s the program:
Robert Schumann: Romance No. 2
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Brahms: Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119, No. 1
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1
Clara Schumann: Romance No.1
Bell and Denk, along with cellist Steven Isserlis, are releasing a new CD in September 2016, “For the Love of Brahms.” The CD will include Brahms’s Trio in B Major, Op. 8 in it original formulation from 1854. Typically, the 1889 revision by Brahms is performed. It is said Brahms refined the trio and removed some of the less-reserved romanticism of his youth in the revision, so it will be very interesting to hear this original version.