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

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András Schiff on the V International Tchaikovsky Competition (Live)

András Schiff on the V International Tchaikovsky Competition (Live)


Brahms:

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

Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dmitry Kitayenko

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

Liszt:

La leggierezza - Étude de concert No. 2, S144

Pirumov:

Scherzo for piano

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Rachmaninov:

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 7 in E flat major (published as No. 4)

Shostakovich:

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 15 in D flat major

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dmitry Kitayenko

Theme & Variations (No. 6 from Morceaux (6), Op. 19)


Firma Melodiya presents never-before-released recordings of András Schiff made at the V Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1974.

One of the most prominent pianists of modern times, András Schiff is nevertheless does not belong to the so-called competition format. The musician who earned the pedestal of philosopher pianist, “a representative of intellectual musical tradition in its high apprehension,” has never had virtuosity, sonic lustre and visual artistry in his sphere of interests.

However, the live recordings of the then 21-year-old Hungarian are of unquestionable interest. Soviet music critic Leonid Gakkel described his impressions of Schiff’s performance in the following way: “From his very first note at the competition Schiff struck me with the vigour of his performance, and that was vigour of the highest festivity… What a touch on the piano, what a charge of energy, what burning fingers! Ultimate activity of a creating spirit at each moment of playing…”

At the competition, Schiff played piano works by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, variation cycles and concertos by Tchaikovsky and Brahms. In the opinion of Yevgeny Malinin, a competent judge and professor of the Moscow Conservatory, Schiff “read music without a drop of wilfulness: he lived in and with it.” The panel gave him only the fourth prize (“incomplete correspondence” with general virtuosity and competition standards had an impact). However, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that it was the Tchaikovsky Competition that brought the first significant success and international repute to the outstanding pianist.

“The 20-year-old András Schiff giving glimpses of his true potential at the 1974 Tchaikovsky International Competition.” MusicWeb International, 17th January 2017

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Simon Trpceski plays Brahms, Ravel & Poulenc

Simon Trpceski plays Brahms, Ravel & Poulenc

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 19 July 2014


Brahms:

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

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

Poulenc:

Deux Novelettes

Novelette sur un thème de Manuel de Falla

15 Improvisations, No. 1 in B minor

15 Improvisations, No. 2 in A flat major

15 Improvisations, No. 3 in B minor

15 Improvisations, No. 4

15 Improvisations, No. 5 in A minor

15 Improvisations, No. 6 in B flat major

15 Improvisations, No. 7 in C major

15 Improvisations, No. 8 in A minor

15 Improvisations, No. 9 in D

15 Improvisations, No. 10 in F (‘Éloge des gammes’)

15 Improvisations, No. 13 in A minor

15 Improvisations, No. 14

15 Improvisations, No. 15 in C minor 'Hommage à Edith Piaf'

3 Pièces

Toccata (Trois pieces pour piano No. 2)

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales


Simon Trpceski has established himself as one of the most remarkable musicians to have emerged in recent years, performing with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and captivating audiences worldwide. He performs a stunning programme, recorded live at Wigmore Hall, opening with Brahms’s melancholic 3 'Intermezzi', "the cradle songs of my sufferings" as the composer once called them, a charming and varied selection showcases Trpceski’s sensitivity and delicate expression.

Ravel’s eclectic 'Valses et sentimentales', a dissonant and passionate chain of lilting dances, lie at the heart of this album. The performance concludes with the thrilling Toccata from Poulenc’s 'Trois pièces': a brilliant demonstration of Trpceski’s colourful and virtuosic playing.

“This recital, recorded at Wigmore Hall on July 19, 2014, attests the most beautiful playing. The first of Brahms’s Three Intermezzi, Op 117, is immediate evidence of a bloom of a touch, and the second opens into rare poetry...Nothing is hammered out.” Sunday Times, 10th April 2016

“a dazzlingly reading of the Op24 Variation and Fugue on a theme by Handel. Then the totally different soundworld of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales bursts forth in all its dizzying glamour...A disc to savour. Highly recommended.” The Guardian, 1st May 2016 *****

“Trpceski brings a cheerful nonchalance to the ingratiating first Novelette, while the relaxed, slightly louche first Improvisation conjures up a chic cocktail lounge. He clearly revels in the concluding Toccata, the most pianistically resourceful of the lot, with its sly winks in the direction of Prokofiev. The overall impression is of freshness and wit, leaving one to ponder why we don’t hear this music more often” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

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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 ***

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Handel Variations

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Handel Variations


Brahms:

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis

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


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Brahms: The Complete Variations

Brahms: The Complete Variations

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Brahms:

Theme and Variations in D minor (arr. from String Sextet, Op. 18)

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

Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 21, No. 1

Variations on a Hungarian Song in D major, Op. 21 No. 2

Variations on a theme by Schumann in F sharp minor, Op. 9

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35


American pianist Garrick Ohlsson, whose Complete Chopin set was acclaimed as one of the most important anniversary releases of 2010, now turns to another significant, though often overlooked, body of Romantic piano music – Brahms’s complete variations.

The coruscatingly difficult Paganini variations, a bravura display of pyrotechnic virtuosity, frequently feature in piano competitions, performed to demonstrate extraordinary technique. In this performance, Garrick Ohlsson also displays remarkable musicality.

The Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel is one of the summits of his entire keyboard output, showing the composer at the height of his powers. This 2-disc set also contains some little-known gems, including the wonderful Variations on an Original Theme.

“Ohlsson’s muscular performance does not ignore the yearning that lies beneath the surface.” The Telegraph, 22nd October 2010 ***

“These highly absorbing discs bring together all Brahms’s freestanding variation sets for piano in poised, intense performances.” Sunday Times, 3rd October 2010 ***

“An near to flawless collection of piano variations from the American piano virtuoso” The Times, 9th October 2010 ****

“These early variations [Op. 18] are light years away from the intimacy of Brahms's late piano pieces, and Ohlsson's iron-clad technique and robust, forward tone generally suit them well.” The Guardian, 14th October 2010 ***

“he's a born Brahmsian, equipped at the highest level with the necessary speed and power, the muscular strength and facility of finger tempered by breadth of outlook and solidity of intellect.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 *****

“Here is none of the turgid, bass-heavy portentousness that so often bedevils recordings of Brahms's music...This is a great Brahms recording that elevates and illuminates the music with a lightness of touch and heart that eludes many (yet he can darken the tone when required, as in Var. 13)” Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

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Shai Wosner plays Schoenberg & Brahms

Shai Wosner plays Schoenberg & Brahms


Brahms:

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

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

Schoenberg:

Suite for Piano, Op. 25

Kleine Klavierstücke (6), Op. 19


Shai Wosner (piano)

The debut recording from Shai Wosner.

Wosner continues to attract international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight.

With imaginative programming that communicates his intellectual curiosity, Wosner performs a wide-ranging repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Ligeti and composers of his own generation. Wosner’s virtuosity and perceptiveness have increasingly made him a favourite among audiences and critics alike.

In 2005, Wosner won an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In the same year, he received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He also continues his extensive performing and recording activity as a BBC New Generation Artist, which he was named in September 2007. He is in demand with orchestras and conductors worldwide.

Both Brahms and Schoenberg were indebted to the musical styles of earlier generations – and not just the mighty shadow of Beethoven. The baroque period intrigued both composers, and it is interesting to note that two of their most important works for solo piano – works in which they expressed their mature style and authority – are inspired by the baroque.

Shai Wosner calls the Suite by Schoenberg and the Handel Variations by Brahms ‘declarations of independence’. The Schoenberg was his first purely 12-tone work, and the Brahms was his first wholly successful solo piano work after the three early sonatas, yet both take their inspiration from the baroque period.

Brahms the revolutionary is highlighted by Wosner on this CD by interweaving the late op.116 Fantasies with Schoenberg’s early op.19 piano pieces – only 12 years separate the two – the surprises are many.

‘An artist to follow keenly ’ Financial Times

“...if Brahms and Schoenberg may strike conservative listeners as odd bedfellows, Shai Wosner, a young Israeli pianist, does not see any dichotomy between "old" and "new" music, but an evolutionary rather than revolutionary process.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2010

“Paradoxically, the alternation of shorter pieces allows them to assert their individuality at the same time that it underlines their connections with one another. If, for even a very brief moment, one is caught asking oneself, 'Wait, is this Brahms or Schoenberg?', then Wosner's provocative idea is valid...I have not enjoyed a new piano recital as much in quite some time!” International Record Review, December 2010

“This is a genuinely imaginative pairing of two composers who have more in common than their popular images might suggest...The sequence works well, and Wosner's understated playing suits it perfectly.” The Guardian, 26th August 2010 ****

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Brahms - Variations

Brahms - Variations


Brahms:

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35

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

Variations on a Hungarian Song in D major, Op. 21 No. 2


Olga Kern (piano)

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Brahms - Piano Works

Brahms - Piano Works


Brahms:

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

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


Olivier Gordon (piano)

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Brahms - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Brahms - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Brahms:

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

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

Orchestrated by Rubbra

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


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

Brahms:

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

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35

Schumann:

Études symphoniques, Op. 13


Julius Katchen, that colossus that bestrode the pianistic firmament for all too short a time, recorded the Brahms Handel and Paganini Variations three times, twice in mono and once in stereo. Surprisingly, these much-praised 1958 recordings have never before been issued on CD and are now being made available singly, on Eloquence as well as part of an 8CD 'Original Masters' tribute Decca box. All of Katchen's dare-devilry in the Paganini set comes to the fore. The coupling, Schumann's Etudes symphoniques, likewise also receives its CD debut.

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