Brahms: Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

This page lists all recordings of Intermezzi (3), Op. 117, by Johannes Brahms (1833-97) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Volodos plays Brahms

Volodos plays Brahms


Brahms:

Capriccio in F sharp minor, Op. 76 No. 1

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

Intermezzo in A flat, Op. 76 No. 3

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

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118


Four years after his fascinating and highly praised album with works of the Spanish composer Mompou, Arcadi Volodos went into the Berlin Teldex Studio again to deliver another reference recording, this time with the music of Johannes Brahms. Volodos has played the Brahms solo pieces over the past years in places all over the world and received highest critical acclaim for his interpretation. The Brahms solo works are perfect to show Volodos unique ability to create a special and magic sound, a sound “which lifts us, the listener, into the air and which makes us believe that the world is floating" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Recorded in the famous Teldex Studios Berlin in three sessions (2015 - 2017) on a great Steinway Grand Piano specially tuned by Michel Brandjes, one of the best tuners in the world. There is no editing in this recording. Volodos played every piece over and over again to develop his idea of structure and sound and chose the best version of each piece after the end of the recording.

“he is capable of playing of the most exquisite simplicity, spinning lines of lyrical purity.” The Guardian, 27th April 2017 ***

“This is one of those discs where a word count is a strange thing. For it needs only four: Go Buy This Disc...whatever he does, you can’t imagine the music going any other way, which is perhaps the definition of a great artist....Comparisons become irrelevant in interpretations of such mesmerising honesty. An award-winner if ever I heard one.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2017

“thrilling muscularity and introspective lyricism” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, April 2017

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Sony - 88875130192

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Haochen Zhang plays Schumann, Liszt, Brahms & Janacek

Haochen Zhang plays Schumann, Liszt, Brahms & Janacek


Brahms:

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Janacek:

Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 in E flat minor, JW VIII/19 'From the Street'

Liszt:

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15


Haochen Zhang (piano)

In 2009, at the age of 19, Haochen Zhang became one of the youngest musicians ever to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then he has had a busy concert schedule, primarily in his native China and in the U.S.A. but also in Europe where he made his début at the BBC Proms in 2014. Recording has been less of a priority for Zhang, and it is only now that he releases his first studio album, recorded at the Reitstadel, the well-known audiophile venue in Neumarkt in Germany. For this recital, Haochen Zhang has devised a programme made up of works that he feels particularly close to. As he writes in his own liner notes, they ’not only speak to me in a very intimate way, but also connect with one another at a corresponding level of intimacy: as a whole they form a unique musical narrative.’ The pieces all share a reflective and introspective quality, albeit reflective in different ways. Opening the disc Schumann’s Kinderszenen were described by the composer as ‘reflections of an adult for adults’ and in the closing Op. 117 Intermezzi, Brahms also seems to be looking backwards – but with resignation rather than intimate tenderness. Framed by these two, the works by Liszt and Janá?ek contain overtly dramatic episodes, but contemplative interludes form a recurrent feature of the Ballade, and in Presentiment, the first movement of Janá?ek’s Sonata, the dark forebodings seem to rise up from the composer’s own soul.

“His aim for lightness, transparency and directness yields poetic results…the rounded edges and polished passagework characterising Zhang’s Janácek are pianistically impressive, yet he glides over the music’s stark aura and speech-like syntax” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

“He captures the childish, quickly dissipating seriousness of Schumann’s Kinderszenen, and plays it with the kind of artistry that sounds sincerely artless. Liszt’s Ballade No 2 has Zhang creating great rumbling waves in the left hand, then closing in an atmosphere of hard-won peace...it certainly rewards close listening” The Guardian, 20th April 2017 ****

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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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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 2

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 2


Brahms:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2

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

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4


The Second Piano Sonata is a hugely impressive work weighing-in with a playing time of almost 30 minutes and is accompanied here by a number of shorter works including the Three Intermezzi, one of the darkest and most beautiful of Brahms’ late piano works.

The BBC Music Magazine, reviewing volume one of the series, found “tremendous warmth, plus an intimate atmosphere” in the performances.

“Plowright delivers this highly charged musical argument with tremendous momentum, but is careful to follow Brahms's meticulous pedal marks, thus ensuring that none of the full-blooded textures sound bloated...[in the Variations] Plowright's refined pianism really comes into its own...Even more hypnotic is Plowright's wonderfully subtle approach to the Op. 117 Intermezzos.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“Already audacious and formidable, [the F sharp minor sonata] brims over with thorny obstacles and it takes a master pianist of Plowright's stature to resolve its complication into lucidity. This he does with all of his customary command...But the chief wonder of this disc remains Op. 117.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“from the first few bars of [the Sonata's] opening movement, it’s clear that Plowright has got a perfect sense of the scale and the range of this tricky early work. As well as its technical brilliance, the sense of the boundless invention of the young Brahms worrying away at the constraints of sonata form is vividly present.” The Guardian, 15th January 2015 *****

BBC Music Magazine

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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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Kempff plays Brahms – Volume I

Kempff plays Brahms – Volume I


Brahms:

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Klavierstücke (8), Op. 76

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


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.

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Brahms: Rhapsodies, Intermezzi & Klavierstücke

Brahms: Rhapsodies, Intermezzi & Klavierstücke


Brahms:

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116 No. 6

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Jonas Vitaud (piano)

Jonas Vitaud is an acclaimed young French pianist, and this is his debut solo CD recording.

Includes all of Brahm’s final solo piano pieces, plus the Rhapsodies Op.79.

Jonas has been passionate about Brahms since an early age, and this CD is the culmination of a long-established desire to record Brahms’ music.

“A deep, resonant tone, the way he plays immediately captures the attention and works miracles” Alain Cochard, Diapason

“Vitaud's intelligent musicianship, rock-solid technique and cultivated sonority impress, along with a few unusual yet convincing tempo options...Vitaud's finest moments are worth hearing and I look forward to following his career.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

“These well-contrasted pieces suggest that Vitaud has the technique to span the gamut of expressions, from wrathful heroism to tension-filled chiaroscuro. I felt an unduly restricted range of tone-colour, however...That apart, he produces highly sympathetic, beautifully phrased and voiced accounts of these pieces with their elusive moods and half-lights: a pleasure to hear.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

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Brahms: Late Piano Works

Brahms: Late Piano Works


Brahms:

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Anthony Gray (piano)

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Brahms - The Piano Quartets

Brahms - The Piano Quartets


Brahms:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60

Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117


“A delight from start to finish: this is such cultivated and characterized playing, which becomes quite exultant in the finale. It’s also beautifully recorded by Hyperion. Given that, this new set can take a well-earned place at the top of recommendations of these three works” International Record Review

“The G minor Quartet (No 1) opens simply, with Hamelin shaping the line beautifully but unaffectedly, the Leopold players gradually entering, their playing filled with ardour. The Zigeuner-finale is irresistibly ebullient, with a jaw-dropping ending … the other aspect that is so impressive about these readings is the sense of absolute precision, which lightens the textures and keeps edges crisp … Hamelin and the Leopold get to the heart of the matter in the soulful Poco adagio and while they in no way lack heft when it’s needed, particularly in the opening movement, there’s always a dancing quality to their playing which does much to illuminate textures” Gramophone Magazine

“Brahms's three piano quartets sometimes exhibit this tendency but in performances as fine as these it is triumphantly surmounted with a combination of brisk speeds and an extraordinary collective joie de vivre.
The G minor Quartet (No 1) opens simply, with Hamelin shaping the line beautifully but unaffectedly, the Leopold players gradually entering, their playing filled with ardour. The Zigeuner-finale is irresistibly ebullient, with a jawdropping ending. The other aspect that is so impressive about these readings is the sense of absolute precision, which lightens the textures and keeps edges crisp. Sample, for instance, the Scherzo of the C minor (No 3) which can, in some hands, sound positively elephantine. Not here though, Hamelin dealing with Brahms's dense chords as easily as if they were single lines.
The epic A major Quartet (No 2), more a symphony than a quartet, is a considerable challenge to players and audience. Hamelin and the Leopold get to the heart of the matter in the soulful Poco adagio and while they in no way lack heft when it's needed, particularly in the opening movement, there's always a dancing quality to their playing which does much to illuminate textures. This music certainly benefits from their defiantly un-Germanic approach.
Hamelin signs off with the Op 117 Intermezzi, as well recorded as the rest of the disc. They're elegantly played, but the main reason for buying this CD lies firmly with the quartets.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Awards 2007

Finalist - Chamber

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - February 2007

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Brahms - Piano Music

Brahms - Piano Music


Brahms:

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Radu Lupu (piano)

“Here are 71 minutes of the finest Brahms piano music, played by one of the outstanding Brahms exponents of our day. What's most treasurable about it is the quiet rapture of some of the most quintessentially Brahmsian moments; for example, the way Lupu sleepwalks into the last section of Op 117 No 3 and the revelation in Op 118 No 2 that the inversion of the theme is even more beautiful than its original statement. The Op 79 Rhapsodies are perhaps a fraction less memorable.
Decca's recording sounds a little bottom-heavy, in the manner of certain Ashkenazy records of this vintage, and in the heavier textures of the Rhapsodies Lupu compounds the problem by reinforcing the bass with octaves and even fifths.
Still, this remains as fine a selection of Brahms's piano works as you're likely to find on one disc.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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