Nils Mönkemeyer (viola), William Youn (piano) & Signum Quartett
Sonata for viola and piano op. 120,1 in F minor
Sonata for viola and piano op. 120,w in E flat major
Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor (Arr. by Joseph Joachim
Hungarian Dance No. 4 in C minor (Arr. by Marco hertenstein)
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F minor (Arr. by Peter Wesenauer)
Hungarian Dance No. 16 in F minor (Arr. by Stephan Koncz)
Mönkemeyer keeps to the traditional, ‘low’ version of the F minor Sonata, which suits the piece’s tragic hue but results in anticlimactic octave drops. Mönkemeyer’s tempos are consistently on the broad side and, combined with his suavely sweet trademark tone, they make for a very different, to my ears more mannered experience. Youn is a stimulatingly proactive collaborator. Mönkemeyer’s coupling of the Hungarian Dances is lightweight.