There are so many new young violinists around and a lot of hype surrounding them and often a lot of marketing too (sometimes treating them as models rather than musicians). Faust is a little older than the current crop and has been spared (or refused) the more crude marketing but her playing has lots of charisma and this singles her out as a little special, a violinist of the top flight. Her Brahms Concerto is individual and was certainly well worth recording ... it is anything but another run through of a great but much recorded work.
In contrast to another review here (an excellent one, I hasten to add), I have been struck by Faust's romanticism as much as her classical poise and restraint. There are many ways to balance the Romantic and the Classical in Brahms, and Faust's is filled with fantasy and affection and Harding accompanies with flexibility and lightness of touch. The big first movement is fleet and a little mercurial. It makes big romantic statements while retaining a relatively open and light texture - there is no heaviness in this Brahms. The slow movement is touching and moving and quite beautiful; Faust's violin frequently seems to hang in the air. The last movement is spicy and quite delightful ... perhaps a little lacking in a feeling of substance given the need to round off what has gone before?
The String Sextet was new to me but is a really lovely work. It is a work of lyricism and sometimes brooding beauty and this is a deeply committed performance it. It virtually shimmers in this performance. Discovering it led to my listening to a number of other accounts but none that I have found surpasses this one.