When I was 14, I had the honor to be a member of an orchestra that performed many memorable pieces. Among these was the Double Concerto for violin, Cello, and orchestra by Johannes Brahms. Now we have a new recording of this work by some amazing artists with the CD title of:
‘For the Love of Brahms’, which includes the following:
- Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102, performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with Joshua Bell (violin) and Steven Isserlis (cello)
- Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8, with Jeremy Denk (piano)
- Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23: II. Langsam
Violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis are joined by two acclaimed musical forces – pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, of which Bell is Music Director – in this joint recording.
Bell, Isserlis and Denk also unite here in Brahms’ first published chamber work, the Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 in its rarely performed original 1854 version.
Bell, Isserlis and members of the Academy also offer the first recording of an unusual coupling: the slow movement of Schumann’s rarely heard Violin Concerto, in a version for string orchestra made by Benjamin Britten, who also added a short coda.
Here is Joshua Bell, telling us more about this recording: