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Violin Concerto in D Op. 77. When Brahms completed his Violin Concerto in 1878 at Pörtschach on Wîrthersee, in Carintha, then a province of Austria, he had one person in mind, his close friend the great violinist Joseph Joachim. Brahms wrote the Concerto for Joachim and invited him to correct the solo part, asking him to point out the passages, that were difficult or awkward to play. After days of heated discussions, (they both composed and had a habit of criticising each others compositions) Brahms agreed to Joachim's suggested changes and offered him the great compliment of allowing him to compose the cadenza - the extended solo for violin near the end of the first movement - Allegro Non Troppo.

The beauty of the Austrian alpine scenery was the inspiration behind several of Brahms' compositions, and this is particularly noticeable in the first movement. Brahms once said of this landscape: "It is a place where so many melodies fly about that one must be careful not to walk on them". However, in writing the second movement - Adagio, Brahms doubtless had in mind the chuckling whisper of the springs, the cool green meadows and the sunshine, but the beauty and tenderness of the piece suggest his thoughts were also of Clara Schumann, the love of his life.

The third movement - Allegro Giocoso is written in a gypsy style, and owes a great deal to the influence of a Hungarian Jewish Violinist, Edward Reményi, whom Brahms met at the age of 20. They toured together and the influence of Reményi, who loved to play Hungarian gypsy music, is particularly evident in the third and last movement.

Joachim performed the Violin Concerto on January the 1st 1879 in Leipzig to a rather muted reception. However, it was more enthusiastically received in England where it was performed in London at Crystal Palace in February 1879. Years later, in 1888, Joachim wrote happily to Brahms: "I have been playing your "fiddle" concerto in Manchester to an audience of 3000, and next in Liverpool and Bradford in each case with the Halle Orchestra". The success of the Violin Concerto was assured.

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 - 1897)

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
in D Major Op. 77

Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
in A Minor Op. 100


Allegro Non Troppo
Allegro Giocoso Ma Non Troppo Vivo



Allegro Amabile
Andante tranquillo - Vivace
llegretto grazioso     


Total Time 58:45

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Alexei Bruni, Violin Solo 
Alexei Bruni & Leonid Ogrinchuk, Piano Sonata No. 2
The New Russia Orchestra,  Andrei Tchistiakov, Conductor

DDD Digital Recording.
Moscow Radio Studio Five,  1/1996 
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