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

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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 *****

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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 3

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 3


Brahms:

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

Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 No. 1

Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3

Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 116 No. 5

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

Waltzes (16), Op. 39


Barry Douglas returns for the highly anticipated third volume in his series devoted to Brahms’s solo piano music, the first two volumes having been met with widespread critical acclaim. Of Vol. 2, International Record Review wrote, ‘this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority... this cycle looks set to become a benchmark’.

The selected Intermezzi performed here come from the collections of short piano pieces which Brahms published in 1892 – 93, his last works for piano. A sense of wistful, melancholic reflection pervades these exquisitely crafted masterpieces of Brahms’s late maturity.

Composed at the other end of his life, at the age of twenty, the Piano Sonata in F sharp minor is full of a youthful, strident energy. It was among the pieces that, when he heard them privately, convinced Robert Schumann of Brahms’s genius. It was dedicated to Robert’s wife, Clara, who was to remain a key figure in Brahms’s life. Indeed it was Clara who, having heard the movement, begged Brahms for a piano transcription of the noble Andante from the String Sextet in B flat major, the Theme with Variations in D minor heard here.

Brahms’s set of sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 were originally conceived for piano four hands and were arranged, by popular demand, for solo piano soon after, in 1867. They capture the sense of joyful abandon often associated with the genre but their romanticism and nostalgia are uniquely Brahmsian.

“The performances are generally first-rate, with a real Brahmsian mix of toughness and slightly gruff charm about them; Douglas is at his best in the early Sonata, but his account of the jewel-like intermezzos – Clara Schumann described the first of Op 119 as a “grey pearl” – are most subtlely coloured too.” The Guardian, 2nd October 2014 ****

“I can only wonder at his Brahms, which is superbly masterful in technique and musicianship (an indissoluble blend). There is no trace of distortion or egocentricity...Instead you hear an unfaltering commitment to exclusively musical matters and the results are as moving as they are exemplary.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

Chandos Barry Douglas Brahms Solo Piano Music - CHAN10833

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Brahms: Piano Sonatas Nos.1 & 2

Brahms: Piano Sonatas Nos.1 & 2


Brahms:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1

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

Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4


Alexander Melnikov (piano Bösendorfer)

Johannes Brahms was just 19 years old in 1852-53 when he wrote the first two piano sonatas he deemed worthy of publication. In these extended 4-movement compositions he built on the heritage of Beethoven.

The fact that Brahms had produced a pair of masterpieces was immediately recognised by his mentor Robert Schumann, who eased his young colleague’s way into the future with his celebrated article ‘New Paths’ of 1853.

Alexander Melnikov was born in Moscow in 1973 and began his music studies at the age of six, at Moscow’s Central Music School, then continued at the city’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory from which he graduated in 1997 (class of Lev Naumov). Regularly invited by Sviatoslav Richter, he participated in his festivals in Moscow (December Nights), and his chamber music festival at La Grange de Meslay (Tours, France). He completed his postgraduate studies with Elisso Virssaladze in Munich. From 2000 to 2002 he was a BBC New Generation Artist.

Alexander Melnikov appears regularly in recital at the world’s leading concert halls with major orchestras. Besides his well-established duo with Isabelle Faust his partners include Vadim Repin, Natalia Gutman, Yuri Bashmet, Alexander Roudine, Pieter Wispelwey, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and many others. In piano duo repertoire he appears regularly with Andreas Staier, Boris Berezovsky, and Alexei Lubimov. He also regularly performs on the fortepiano with Concerto Köln.

He has recorded several CDs on harmonia mundi, as a soloist (Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich) or as a chamber musician (Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Teunis van der Zwart). His recording of the Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues was a Gramophone Critics’ Choice 2010.

“A lovely disc from one of Russia’s most distinctive younger pianists.” International Piano, March/April 2011

“Melnikov shows himself a formidable Brahmsian, and the piano's 'nobility' is best displayed in the surging grandeur he brings to the finale of the C major...Altogether Melnikov makes out a powerful case for the young Brahms as a bold experimenter in sonata discourse. The 'period' piano may not be to everyone's taste...but I greatly enjoyed these performances and warmly recommend the disc.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ****

“the sound, fascinating as it is, takes some getting used to, even when it does nothing to qualify one's response to Melnikov's ardent and magisterial performances. These are of an all-Russian authority, with a thunder and intense virtuosity that often took me back to the playing of the young and titanic Gilels...[in the Scherzo] Melnikov is every inch the klavier-tiger, taking every awkward difficulty by storm yet creating an unforgettable romantic glow” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

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Natasha

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Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Brahms:

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

Kahane:

Piano Sonata

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83


Natasha Paremski (piano)

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Dmitri Bashkirov

Dmitri Bashkirov


Brahms:

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

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 9, La serenade interrompue

Préludes - Book 1: No. 11, La Danse de Puck

Préludes - Book 2: No. 6, General Lavine - eccentric

L'isle joyeuse

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 - Nocturne

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 59 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:49

Liszt:

Valse oubliée No. 2, S.215/2

Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major

Prokofiev:

Visions fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts)

The Love for Three Oranges: March

Rachmaninov:

Moment musical No. 4 in E minor, Op. 16 No. 4

Moment musical No. 6 in C major, Op. 16 No. 6

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Scriabin:

Mazurka in E minor, Op. 25 No. 3

Waltz in A flat major, Op. 38

Preludes, Op. 13 (6)

Shchedrin:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 25

Humoresque


Dmitri Bashkirov (piano)

Firma Melodiya presents an album of the remarkable Russian pianist Dmitri Bashkirov.

“Bashkirov moved from Tbilisi to Moscow in the 1950s to study at the conservatory, and his first performance caused a real sensation”, remembered the prominent organist Harry Grodberg. After he graduated the Moscow Conservatory and completed his postgraduate course under Alexander Goldenweiser, Bashkirov received the first prize of the Long-Thibault International Competition in Paris. The piano school of Heinrich Neuhaus had an unconditional influence on the young pianist.

“This is a romantic pianist … of modern formation.

Both dreaminess and tenderness are characteristic of him. But what he has on the foreground when he plays is intensity of feeling”, wrote one of the music critics about Dmitri Bashkirov. Combining impeccable technical virtuosity with emotional depth, brilliant artistry with the skill of a dramatist performer, he mastered an extensive concert repertoire and spent a lot of time in studio as well recording for Melodiya and later for the biggest European labels. Bashkirov played music of the romantic composers and French impressionists with particular inspiration, but his interpretations of Prokofiev were also especially impressive, and the classical harmonies of Haydn and Mozart were followed by sonorous energy of Rachmaninoff and sharp distinctness of Shchedrin.

The album includes recordings of works of Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Shchedrin made by Dmitri Bashkirov in 1957 to 1972.

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Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 2, Scherzo in E flat minor & Four Ballades

Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 2, Scherzo in E flat minor & Four Ballades


Brahms:

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

Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4

Ballades (4), Op. 10


Eric Le Van (piano)

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Brahms: Piano Works

Brahms: Piano Works


Brahms:

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1

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

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

Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3


Svjatoslav Richter, unlike his childood friend Gilels, was not an ardent proponent of Brahms' repertoire. Considering that in 1948 Richter performed only the famous Concerto in B flat, Op. 83, this rare recital makes the young Brahms come across as an intuitive, even prophetic composer rather than merely discursive.

Recorded live in Prague: stereo July 20 1988, June 1984; in Plzen, mono June 13 1984, previously released on PRD254059; stereo live in Leipzig No. 28 1963

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Daria Kameneva plays Brahms

Daria Kameneva plays Brahms


Brahms:

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

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

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Daria Kameneva (piano)

Daria Kamaneva was born in Moscow in 1987 and began her piano studies at the age of five. She later studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and won first prize in the 2011 European Piano Competition in France, leading to this CD.

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Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 2, 2 Rhapsodies & 4 Piano Pieces

Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 2, 2 Rhapsodies & 4 Piano Pieces


Brahms:

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

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Hans Palsson (piano)

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Chopin, Brahms & Niziurski: Piano works

Chopin, Brahms & Niziurski: Piano works


Brahms:

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

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1

Mazurkas (4), Op. 6

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Niziurski:

Children’s miniatures for piano

Preludes for solo accordion

The Świętokrzyski Accordion Duo

Waltz for two accordions ‘Ring of a Fine Lady’

The Świętokrzyski Accordion Duo


Marek Mizera (piano)

An intriguing release featuring Chopin in his mature period, Brahms in a romantic one, plus piano and accordion miniatures from contemporary Polish composer Niziurski. The disc is cleanly and sensitively drawn together by Marek Mizera and the The Świętokrzyski Accordion Duo.

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