Johannes Brahms

The Violin Sonatas

Anastasia Khitruk, violin
David Korevaar, piano

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Recorded in The Recital Hall, Purchase College, Purchase, New York, March 2001


Violin: "Clisbee" Stradivari (c. 1669) courtesy of Machold Rare Violins, Ltd.

Design and Typography: Design by Jack, Inc.

Detailed musical analysis in booklet inside.

Total playing time: 68:39

The Violin Sonatas of Johannes Brahms

Now available on Titanic (Ti-260) are all three of the Brahms violin-piano sonatas (Sonata No. 1, in G Major, Opus 78; Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Opus 100; and Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Opus 108), performed by one of today's most vibrant young violinists, Anastasia Khitruk, and acclaimed American pianist David Korevaar.

You may now purchase this title through our U.S. distributor, Albany Music Distributors, Inc., by telephone at 1-800-752-1951 or 518-436-8814 or by fax at 518-436-0643 (major credit cards accepted).


About the Performers

ANASTASIA KHITRUK comes from a musical and artistic family. After emigrating to the United States, Ms. Khitruk continued the violin studies she had begun at Moscow's Central Music School. Her talent was immediately recognized when she made her orchestral debut at the age of eight. Since then, she has appeared in concert and recital worldwide, including performances at the Teatro Carlo Fenice in Italy, the Music Tent in Aspen, the Great Hall of the NDK in Sofia, the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, the Telstra Adelaide Festival as well as numerous performances in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, and Moscow -- where Katerina Birukova of Vremya wrote: "She sparkles with brilliant violin playing." Ms. Khitruk has appeared on television and radio in England, Russia, Germany, the United States, and Australia. Her concert series in Bulgaria, during the prestigious Sofia Music Weeks, was televised and greeted with enthusiasm. In his review of her performance of the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 at the Adelaide festival for Real Time, Chris Reid declared, "Anastasia Khitruk is masterful!"

She recently performed in a series commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach, one critic observing, "violinist Anastasia Khitruk caught lightning in a bottle with sure-fingered fire and energy." Anastasia Khitruk has been a prizewinner at numerous competitions in America and abroad, including the Paganini International Violin Competition, where critic Massimo Pastorelli of Il Lavoro wrote, "Anastasia Khitruk literally dazzled the jury and was awarded a special prize for her exceptional musical gifts and originality."

An enthusiastic champion of modern music, Ms. Khitruk is often chosen to premiere works of young composers. In addition to pursuing her concert career, she is devoted to developing young audiences in her role as president of the Manhattan Music Society, a New York-based foundation. (For more information on Anastasia Khitruk, see and

DAVID KOREVAAR's "sonically impressive and thoroughly commanding" playing (Boston Globe) has enriched audiences in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and the New School in New York City as well as across the country, from Harvard and Yale, the Kennedy Center, and the Library of Congress to Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas and San Diego. Recently, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado as Assistant Professor of Piano. Born in Wisconsin, he began his piano studies in 1968, at age 6, with Sherman Storr in San Diego.

At age 13 he became a student of the great American virtuoso Earl Wild. By age 20 he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Earl Wild and studied composition with David Diamond. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Juilliard School after studying with Abbey Simon. The University of Maryland William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Peabody-Mason Music Foundation awarded him top prizes. The Robert Casadesus Competition awarded him a special prize for his performances of French music. Mr. Korevaar's concerts frequently air on "Performance Today" over National Public Radio.

His solo recordings include music of Lowell Liebermann on Music Heritage Society; piano transcriptions of orchestral music of Franz Liszt on Helicon; and Johann Sebastian Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier on Musicians' Showcase. He will appear for the first time on Titanic in the upcoming release of the Brahms violin-piano sonatas.





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