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

This page lists all recordings of Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5, by Johannes Brahms (1833-97) on CD, SACD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Brahms and Berg: Piano Works

Brahms and Berg: Piano Works


Berg:

Piano Sonata, Op. 1

1925 revised edition

Brahms:

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

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117


Vincent Larderet (piano)

In 2013 Vincent Larderet was awarded the “Steinway Artist” accolade and he prevailed himself in the international piano scene as one of the most remarkable French pianists of his generation. Both the Ravel-SACD “Orchestral & Virtuoso Piano” and the CD with the two piano concertos gained many awards. On this record Larderet presents “his” Brahms, which he boldly combines with Bergs earlier piano sonata.

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ARS Produktion - ARS38217

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Kempff plays Brahms – Volume II

Kempff plays Brahms – Volume II


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Staatskapelle Dresden, Franz Konwitschny

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

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

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

Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4


The two volumes of Kempff plays Brahms focuses on his 1950s recordings from both, the Decca and Deutsche Grammophon catalogues. Volume I features shorter pieces – the miniature Brahms, so to speak. Volume II features his only recording of the First Piano Concerto, and goes on to include the 1957 Deutsche Grammophon recordings of the Third Sonata, the Op. 4 Scherzo and the Handel Variations, as well as two curiosities – the two Rhapsodies, Op. 79 from 1950 and the Op. 117 Intermezzi from 1953, both recorded for Decca, and both receiving their first release on CD. Correspondingly, the 1953 recording of the Rhapsodies and the 1950 recording of the Intemezzi appear on Volume I.

“Kempff's only recording of the D minor Piano Concerto features here, lyrical and understated rather than barnstorming. The Handel Variations are superb; the Third Sonata is slightly underpowered.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 ***

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4808293

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.00

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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 1

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 1


Brahms:

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

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


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,

“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.” Gramophone Magazine, February 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.” MusicWeb International, 5th June 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2013

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BIS Brahms: Works for Solo Piano - BIS2047

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Jon Nakamatsu plays Brahms

Jon Nakamatsu plays Brahms


Brahms:

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

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


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Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1957339

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Brahms - Piano Music

Brahms - Piano Music


Brahms:

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

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 2

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op. 118 No. 6

Rhapsody in E flat major, Op. 119 No. 4


Ronan O'Hora (piano)

Regis - RRC1302

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$6.25

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

Brahms:

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

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


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Harmonia Mundi - HMU907339

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

Brahms:

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

Ballades (4), Op. 10


Idil Biret (piano)

“Biret's bold, meaty technique fits the music well.” Classic CD

Building a Library

Budget Choice - March 2003

Naxos - 8550352

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Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 & Ballades

Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 & Ballades


Brahms:

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

Ballades (4), Op. 10


Hyperion - CDA67237

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$14.25

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Brahms: Frei aber einsam

Brahms: Frei aber einsam


Brahms:

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

Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2

Lena Neudauer (violin)

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Amaryllis Quartett


“For me f. a. e. [frei, aber einsam – Free But Lonely) has remained a symbol, and it is in my gift, despite all, to invoke it.” Johannes Brahms to Joseph Joachim, March 5, 1888

Johannes Brahms sought solitude, in order to find freedom in music and in composition. In his new album “Frei aber einsam” pianist Matthias Kirschnereit brings Brahms’s timeless music into the present day. In the two “monoliths” – the F minor Sonata and the F minor Quintet – this motto takes musical form. The Scherzo from the eponymous Sonata for piano and violin was Brahms’s first musical involvement with this subject.. “He made it clear to his friends time and again that he wished to live wholly for music, wholly for his compositions” the pianist says. What can we learn from his works?. “perhaps that we need to focus, take time out and ask ourselves where we want to go. And we can best do that in a state of solitude in the most positive sense of the word”

Matthias Kirschnereit is currently one of the most exciting and successful German pianists of his generation. He has made his name at Berlin Classics and here presents his new album.

Romantic to the depths of its musical being, this recording wonderfully brings alive the (musical) motto that governed the life of Johannes Brahms. Added interest is won from the chamber-music coupling and his collaboration with the Amaryllis Quartett and violinist Lena Neudauer.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Berlin Classics - 0300929BC

(CD - 2 discs)

$21.75

Scheduled for release on 22 September 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Nelson Freire: Brahms

Nelson Freire: Brahms


Brahms:

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

Intermezzo in A flat, Op. 76 No. 3

Intermezzo in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4

Capriccio in D minor, Op. 116 No. 1

Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116 No. 4

Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2

Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 2

Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No. 3

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Waltz, Op. 39 No. 15 in A flat major


Nelson Freire made his recording debut with the Brahms F minor sonata in 1967. Now, half a century later, he returns to this monumental work.

The perfect repertoire at the perfect moment in his career: still in his prime at 72, Nelson Freire invests Brahms’ music with unrivalled colour and imagination.

This recital presents a portrait of Brahms across his entire oeuvre for solo piano, culminating in a selection of the celebrated late intermezzi.

This is Freire’s first Brahms recording since the 2007 Gramophone Record of the Year concerto set with Riccardo Chailly: still the reference recording.

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Decca - 4832154

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Scheduled for release on 25 August 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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