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Viola Sonata, Op. 120, Piano Trio, Op. 114
Johannes Brahms

Viola Sonata, Op. 120, Piano Trio, Op. 114

Daniel Heide | Andreas Willwohl | Isang Enders

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085534739
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Catalog number: AVI 8553473
Releasedate: 06-03-20

- Andreas Willwohl ist one of the leading Viola Player of his generation, travelling around the world for concerts and masterclasses, educated by the most prominent teachers and professors at high class universities
- Daniel Heide is more known as partner of singers, but his repertoire is spreading into the chamber music section since long. Since quite some almost ten years he plays with Andreas Willwohl
- Isang Enders longtime is a very well known world class cellist, conerting worldwide and loves chamber music. The three soloists are most capable to serve the late Brahms music at his best.

The late Brahms
BRAHMS – Viola-Sonatas & Trio

"Brahms’ Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 was one of the first works Daniel and I played together 22 years ago. We already noted the work’s weighty, intense urgency: with wide interval leaps and abrupt emotional shifts from the onset, it feels like a voyage between continents. The beginning flows like lava; later on, the second theme raises its sweet melody in soft hues, striving toward heaven. Through the years, Daniel and I have explored and played many works by Brahms.

Daniel has gotten to know Brahms’ lieder output particularly well; in my case, I have become quite familiar with the chamber and orchestral music. Each new exploration of a work by Brahms has added something to our insight; our current interpretation of the late sonatas, Op. 120, has profited from that accumulated experience. Thus we have worked through his output from back to front, so to speak.


Brahms’ Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 was one of the first works Daniel and I played together 22 years ago. We already noted the work’s weighty, intense urgency: with wide interval leaps and abrupt emotional shifts from the onset, it feels like a voyage between continents. The beginning flows like lava; later on, the second theme raises its sweet melody in soft hues, striving toward heaven.

Through the years, Daniel and I have explored and played many works by Brahms. Daniel has gotten to know Brahms’ lieder output particularly well; in my case, I have become quite familiar with the chamber and orchestral music. Each new exploration of a work by Brahms has added something to our insight; our current interpretation of the late sonatas, Op. 120, has profited from that accumulated experience. Thus we have worked through his output from back to front, so to speak..."

ANDREAS WILLWOHL Viola

Andreas Willwohl is one of the leading violists of his generation. He trained with Professor Alfred Lipka
at the Universities of Musik “Franz Liszt“ in Weimar, and “Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin; he also received
valuable artistic counsel from renowned musicians including Wilfried Strehle, Norbert Brainin, Eberhard
Feltz, Kim Kashkashian, and the members of the Alban Berg Quartet. He was a prizewinner at the
Concours International de Bordeaux (2002) and at the Salzburg Mozarteum Summer Academy, and
was awarded study grants by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Yehudi Menuhin Live
Music Now Foundation in Berlin.
As a viola virtuoso and chamber music partner, Andreas Willwohl has appeared at a number of international
festivals including Salzburg, Schubertiade, Schleswig-Holstein and Bogotá; he played with
colleagues including Johannes Moser, Julian Steckel, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Isang Enders,
Marc-André Hamelin, Lauma Skride and Daniel Heide.
As a soloist he has concertized with the Berlin RSB, Korean Chamber Orchestra, the Brandenburg
Symphony, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, and the
Metamorphosen Chamber Philharmonic (Berlin), collaborating with conductors of the likes of Marek
Janowski, Patrick Lange, Christoph Poppen, Matthias Foremny, Conrad van Alphen, and Wolfgang
Emanuel Schmidt, and appearing in venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, Seoul Arts Center, Toppan
Hall in Tokyo, the Auditorium in Dijon, and Metz Congress Hall. A great number of broadcast recordings
and CD releases on the Pentatone and Audite labels offer further proof of his versatile talent.
In 2011, Andreas Willwohl was appointed viola professor at Nuremberg University of Music; he imparts
masterclasses in Europe and Asia on a regular basis. He has been a member of the Mandelring Quartet
since 2015, and in 2012 he founded the Ceres Ensemble. After one of his appearances at the Berlin
Philharmonie, a critic wrote: “Not since the Alban Berg Quartet’s Thomas Kakuska have I found the
performance of a violist in a chamber music ensemble so utterly convincing.” Andreas Willwohl plays an
instrument by Stefan Peter Greiner with a bow by Dominique Peccatte. www.andreaswillwohl.de

DANIEL HEIDE Piano
Born in Weimar, pianist Daniel Heide is one of the most sought-after vocal accompanists and chamber
musicians of his generation. He performs in recital series and festivals all over Europe as well as in
Asia: for instance, in the Konzerthäuser in Vienna, Berlin, and Dortmund, the London Wigmore Hall,
the Schubertiade in Austria (Schwarzenberg and Hohenems) and in Spain (Vilabertrán), the Heidelberg
Spring Festival, and the Oxford Lieder Festival.
In addition to his ongoing collaboration with vocalists including Andrè Schuen, Christoph Prégardien,
Simone Kermes, Britta Schwarz, Roman Trekel, and Tobias Berndt, he has also accompanied lieder
recitals with renowned singers such as Regula Mühlemann, Fatma Said, Christina Landshamer,
Benjamin Appl, Sheva Tehoval, Dietrich Henschel, Dorottya Lang, Patrick Grahl, Katharina Konradi,
Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Luca Pisaroni, and Johannes Weisser.
He also loves sharing the stage with actors and narrators including Christian Brückner, Udo Samel,
Thomas Thieme, Markus Meyer, and Hanns Zischler. Daniel Heide cultivated an intense musical partnership
with the late German-Greek mezzo-soprano Stella Doufexis. Their CD Poèmes, with songs by
Claude Debussy, was awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize. As a chamber music partner in
duo sonata recitals, he has concertized with outstanding soloists including Sabine Meyer, Andreas
Willwohl, Tabea Zimmermann, Antje Weithaas, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jens Peter Maintz, and
Danjulo Ishizaka.
Daniel Heide is the founder and artistic director of the vocal recital series Der lyrische Salon. Held
in Ettersburg Castle near Weimar, the series has existed since 2011 and is one of the few, anywhere
in the world, devoted exclusively to artsong. In that context he has accompanied a great number of
celebrated soloists of the lied genre in over 50 recitals.
Andreas Willwohl and Daniel Heide have been playing together as a duo ever since they were students:
they performed their first duo sonata recital in 1996.
www.danielheide.net

ISANG ENDERS Cello
Isang Enders has rapidly established himself as a dynamic artist in search of new concepts and
works for the cello, as displayed in his particularly wide range of repertoire. Upon the CD/vinyl release
of his recording of the Bach suites for solo cello, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung hailed his
“stunning technical prowess and precocious musical understanding”, leading to “an interpretation
that can measure itself with the best.” The BBC Music Magazine also published a rave review.
Isang Enders concertizes around the globe, and his exceptionally wide range of repertoire is on full
display in his solo and chamber music appearances. Thus he has performed Unsuk Chin’s Concerto
for Cello and Orchestra in Stavanger, Paris, and São Paolo. More recently, with his colleagues of the
Sitkovetsky Trio, he performed the world première of Charlotte Bray’s Triple Concerto in the UK. He is
a regular guest in Germany at the music festivals of Heidelberg and Rheingau, as well as at further
renowned festivals an international scale. Isang Enders has often shared the podium with renowned
conductors in major classical music venues. He has thus collaborated with Zubin Mehta, Christoph
Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, and Eliahu Inbal. In a duo collaboration with renowned pianist Igor
Levit he is one of the prominently featured artists at the Shostakovich Festival in Gohrisch (Germany).
Isang Enders has recorded on the Oehms Classics, Berlin Classics and BIS labels.
Born in 1988 in Frankfurt, Isang Enders was accepted as a gifted young student into the class of
Michael Sanderling at the age of twelve. He has received much inspiration and encouragement
from masterclasses given by Gustav Rivinius, Truls Mørk, and, above all, through the mentoring of
American cellist Lynn Harrell. After a four-year stint as Principle Cello of the Dresden Staatskapelle,
he went freelance in 2012.
Isang Enders plays on a cello made in Paris in 1840 by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume – the acquisition of
which is supported through a generous grant from the Francesco Von Mendelssohn Fund (USA) – as
well as on a cello by Tobias Gräter (Heidelberg, 2015).
www.isangenders.com