Brahms: Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

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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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Brahms Inspired

Brahms Inspired


Adolphe, B:

My inner Brahms (an intermezzo)

Commissioned by Orli Shaham. World Premiere recording

Bach, J S:

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

Brahms:

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Chopin:

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Dean, B:

Hommage à Brahms für Klavier

World Premiere recording

Dorman:

After Brahms – 3 Intermezzos for Piano

Commissioned by Orli Shaham. World Premiere recording

Schoenberg:

Kleine Klavierstücke (6), Op. 19

Schubert:

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Schumann:

Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 No. 2


Orli Shaham (piano)

Throughout her impressive international career, the pianist Orli Shaham has displayed her unwavering passion and exceptional understanding of the music of Johannes Brahms. Admired for her interpretations of both standard and contemporary repertoire, she places Brahms’ late works for solo piano – his most intense and beautiful music – as the keystone of a collection of music history’s most amazing compositions.

Orli Shaham surrounds these masterworks with compositions that specifically inspired the romantic master: works by J S Bach, Chopin and Schumann. Her commitment to living composers led her to commission Avner Dorman and Bruce Adolphe to compose works purposefully influenced by Brahms. As luck would have it, Australian composer Brett Dean’s recent Hommage à Brahms für Klavier, fits neatly into this collection.

This is Orli Shaham’s second commission from the young Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman; the first was in 2010 for the Hebrew Melodies collection she recorded with her brother, the violinist Gil Shaham. She gushes about Dorman’s After Brahms, describing it as “ingenious, sensuous, and powerful.”

Orli’s love, affection and understanding of Brahms pervades this recording in abundance. The recording opens with Brahms Op.118, the A minor Intermezzo full of bravura and confidence the torrent of arpeggios getting the recording off to a flying start. The Chopin, Schumann and Schubert offered here from Orli displays, what is an enviable technique, to perfection – the delicacy of touch is clearly evident, along with her ability to carry and sustain melodic line and shape, a technical facility many pianists can but dream of, her powerful gift of intimacy ever drawing the listener in.

‘In this collection, I have put together some music which inspired Brahms, as well as some directly and indirectly inspired by him, alongside his majestic final oeuvre.’ Orli Shaham

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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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Maria João Pires & Antonio Meneses: The Wigmore Hall Recital

Maria João Pires & Antonio Meneses: The Wigmore Hall Recital


Bach, J S:

Pastorale in F major, BWV590

arranged for cello and piano

Antonio Meneses (cello)

Brahms:

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Antonio Meneses (cello)

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words for Cello & Piano, Op. 109

Antonio Meneses (cello)

Schubert:

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

Antonio Meneses (cello)


Over four decades since securing worldwide recognition as one of the finest musicians of her generation, Maria João Pires continues to transfix audiences with the spotless integrity, eloquence and vitality of her art.

This recital, recorded live in the splendid Wigmore Hall acoustics, is clearly a red-letter event for chamber music connoisseurs. Pires is partnered by Antonio Meneses, cellist with the Beaux Arts Trio and artist of great wisdom and imagination.

Maria João Pires is one of the reigning pianists of our times, with numerous recordings spanning more than two decades on Deutsche Grammophon. One of the label’s flagship artists, she carefully handpicks her concert appearances and recordings projects, making this release a document of extraordinary value.

The album features a collection of some of the most intimately beautiful pieces, including the Songs without Words by Mendelssohn, the Intermezzi op. 117 and Cello Sonata op. 38 by Brahms, and the eternal “Arpeggione” Sonata by Schubert.

Pires’s abiding concern for poetic shading draws the listener towards the spiritual essence of the works she performs. An exceptional live encounter between two legendary musicians at the height of their powers, here documented for the first time on disc.

“That they speak the same language, musically as well as verbally, is fully manifest in the intimate, conversational nature of the playing, the way in which ideas are shared and shaped instinctively.” The Telegraph, 10th October 2013 *****

“such technical perfection could hardly have been created with day upon day and take upon take in the studio, at the same time as retaining and transferring the intimacy of a live performance on disc...the reciprocity between them feels intuitive at the same time as being grounded in familiarity.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“This was without doubt a spellbinding concert. Brazilian Antonio Meneses is a one-off, with a technique of such refinement that he seems to conjure before us an instrument free of gruffness, buzzing or angular imbalance...Both artists are unfailingly precise and elegant, breathing rather than forcing life into sound.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****

“Schubert’s Arpeggione is often damned with faint praise, but Meneses and Pires, mixing vigour and freedom, bring out its melancholy charm and dare us to belittle it. They also give a gripping account of Brahms’s E minor sonata.” The Independent, 26th January 2014

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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 - Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2


Albéniz:

El puerto (from Iberia, book 1)

Achúcarro at the Prado

Brahms:

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

Recorded live at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, May 2009.

London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Achúcarro at the Prado

Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Achúcarro at the Prado

Prelude Op. 28 No. 16 in B flat minor

Achúcarro at the Prado

Scriabin:

Prelude & Nocturne, Op. 9


Joaquín Achúcarro (piano)

This recording commemorates the 50th anniversary of Joaquín Achúcarro’s debut with the London Symphony Orchestra after winning the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic International Competition in 1959. Recorded at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, with Britain’s eminent conductor Colin Davis at the helm, Achúcarro delivers a consummate performance that brilliantly expresses his delicate and passionate style. Extra features include a substantial documentary about Achúcarro’s career and performances of solo piano pieces by Brahms, Chopin, Scriabin and Albéniz filmed in the beautiful setting of the Prado museum, Madrid.

“Achúcarro’s approach is unorthodox in today’s stick-to-theletter-of-the-score, mechanically perfect musical world. His rubati seem excessive to some; to others, like a throwback to a Golden Age. For all of his reverence for the great composers whose music he plays, he maintains a healthy sense of their humanity as well. “Our duty is first of all to understand what composer does and wants, and then to try to deliver it the best we can, but also to serve the music,” he says. “And maybe sometimes the composer is wrong.” He adds, “People say you must follow the text. But if you follow the text, perhaps the music is not totally served.” … And he views what he does as a performer as an act of creation in its own right.” The Washington Post

Extra features:

Joaquín Achúcarro: 50 years on

Documentary including interviews with Plácido Domingo, Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta.

Running time 131 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 & 5.1 PCM

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“all three sections of both versions benefit from the masterly hand of director Robin Lough who, unlike many of his peers, knows how to let the music speak for itself without the need for frantic cuts and cross-fades...The short recital filmed in the Prado captures Achúcarro at his intimate best” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

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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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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.

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