This is a straight re-issue of CDA 67529, recorded and first published in 2005 [not to be confused with an earlier recording of the sonatas made by Hough for Hyperion]. This disc also contains two pieces for cello and piano by Dvorak: Waldesruhe [Silent Woods], Op. 68/5, and Rondo in G minor, Op.94; and two more by his son-in-law, Joseph Suk: Ballade in D minor, and Serenade in A major, both from Op. 3. These attractive pieces run for over 22 minutes between them, almost as long as either of the sonatas, and thus make a substantial bonus.
Opinions about the sonatas will vary. My review of the original issue included this paragraph:
"But how about the Brahms? The approach here is full of Gallic charm and understatement: urbane, but somewhat wanting in German-romantic Sehnsucht and visceral excitement. I much prefer the approach of Janos Starker in these works, and the way he digs into the strings when required to produce a more varied tonal pallate. For those who prefer a more heart-on-sleeve approach to Brahms, these performances might seem just a bit too reticent. Nicely played certainly: but rather lacking in gutsiness. This is Brahms glimpsed by gaslight, filtered through lace curtains in a faded Spa on a damp November afternoon. The attractive fillers leave little to be desired."