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Darin Varbanov (violin) and Elena Metodieva (piano) present the well-loved Sonatas for Violin and Piano by J. Brahms, works filled with passion, lyricism and virtuosity.
The Scherzo, composed in 1853 by Brahms is the 3rd movement of a collaborative work by R. Schumann, Albert Dietrich and J. Brahms, known as F-A-E Sonata. This composition has been initiated by R. Schumann as a birthday gift to Joseph Joachim. The Scherzo impresses with its aggressive theme, alternated with calm and expressive short episodes, leading to an optimistic end.
The 1st Sonata in G Major by Brahms (1879) relates with the lyrical mood of his 2nd Symphony, both filled with beautiful melodic lines and harmonies, radiating their positive energy. The 2nd Sonata in A Major, composed seven years later, is the shortest among the others. It develops similar musical character, filled with the sense of peace and varied with contrasting (Scherzo) episodes (in the 2nd movement).
The 3rd Sonata in D Minor is the most accomplished among the others. Structured in four movements, it fascinates the listeners with its various types of contrasts and tone nuances through the intense allegro, followed by a philosophical meditation (adagio), the extremely colourful “Un poco presto e con sentimento” and at the end the turbulent and virtuoso presto agitato.
Darin Varbanov & Elena Metodieva have been playing chamber music since 1989. They have completed their Master degrees in violin and piano respectively, followed by a post graduate two-year chamber music master class at the National Academy of Music “Pancho Vladigerov”, Sofia, Bulgaria. As a duo Elena and Darin have been performing in many recitals in Europe and Asia.