Brahms: Cello Sonatas / Hoffman, Desert
Label: La Dolce Volta
Brahms's two Cello Sonatas were written more than 20 years apart. The first was popularized by German cellist Robert Hausmann. Brahms returned the favor by dedicating the second to Hausmann, who in turn gave its premiere performance. The two contrasting, complementary sonatas receive vital, deeply musical performances from cellist Gary Hoffman and pianist Claire Désert.