Brahms: Handel Variations

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Brahms: Handel Variations

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Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2013

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BIS

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BIS2047

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1

Release date:

28th Jan 2013

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7318599920474

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72 minutes

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Brahms: Handel Variations


Brahms:

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5


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British pianist Jonathan Plowright makes his début recording on BIS. Hailed by Gramophone as ‘one of the finest living pianists’, Plowright is recognised worldwide as a truly exceptional artist.

Brahms’s Piano Sonata No. 3 is heroic in scale, unconventional in layout and exudes high quality making it one of the most impressive sonatas since those of Beethoven and Schubert.

Brahms never wrote another piano sonata after completing No. 3 but instead concentrated on a series of large-scale sets of variations, among which the Handel Variations must be considered his crowning achievement. Completed in September 1861 the work shows Brahms at the height of his powers,

Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5 

I. Allegro maestoso

II. Andante espressivo

III. Scherzo: Allegro energico

IV. Intermezzo (Ruckblick): Andante molto

V. Finale: Allegro moderato ma rubato

Johannes Brahms: 25 Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Aria

Variation 1

Variation 2: Animato

Variation 3

Variation 4: Vivace

Variation 5

Variation 6

Variation 7: Molto vivace

Variation 8

Variation 9: Poco piu sostenuto

Variation 10: Vivace

Variation 11

Variation 12: Piu moto

Variation 13: Un poco largamente

Variation 14: Vivace

Variation 15

Variation 16

Variation 17

Variation 18

Variation 19: Molto vivace e leggiero

Variation 20

Variation 21

Variation 22

Variation 23: Molto vivace

Variation 24

Variation 25

Fugue

Gramophone Magazine

February 2013

“His warmth and sincerity combine with a superbly assured and powerful technique to create one of the finest performances [of the F minor Sonata] on record...His Handel Variations, too, are subtly and economically inflected, never searching for easy glamour or effect...One could hardly wish for more and I can scarcely wait for further volumes from this pianist, adding that both the piano concertos positively cry out for his attention.”

MusicWeb International

5th June 2013

“If Brahms ever wrote a symphony for the piano then the Sonata No. 3 Op.5 is very much this piece, and Plowright’s range of expression, his daring periods of absolute repose, extended passages of development and extremes of contrast deliver this impression as few other performances I have encountered.”

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