Brahms: Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 3

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 3


Brahms:

Klavierstücke (8), Op. 76

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

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


Critical acclaim for Jonathan Plowright's two previous discs in his series of Brahms’s works for solo piano includes distinctions such as ‘10/10’ on the website Classics Today and top marks in Diapason as well as ‘Instrumental Choice of the Month’ in BBC Music Magazine. On his third disc Plowright presents the listener with two seemingly contradictory aspects of Johannes Brahms: the deeply serious, emotionally charged, but also meticulously constructed late Piano Pieces of Op. 118 and their precursor Op. 76 appear side by side with the unapologetic extroversion and scintillating verve of most (if not all) of the 16 Waltzes Op. 39, and the flamboyant Variations on a Hungarian Melody. Brahms’s fascination with Hungarian gypsy music stemmed from his friendship with the violinist Eduard Reményi, and found an outlet in several works, among which the Hungarian Dances are probably the most famous. The composer was also a friend and admirer of Johann Strauss II, and in his Op. 39 trespassed – with great success – into the domains of Vienna's 'Waltz King'. It is tempting to think that Brahms early experience as a pianist in taverns and restaurants induced him to compose this sophisticated light music, but there were also commercial reasons: he composed the waltzes for piano four hands and subsequently made no less than two arrangements for solo piano of the entire set.

“Plowright’s complete Brahms piano music for BIS…has now reached Vol 3, with all its intelligence, subtlety and power in full blossom…[these] sound totally fresh, as though a fully formed, cultured musician, unencumbered by conventional approaches or received wisdom, took up these scores for the first time in maturity. The results are often unexpected, yet always apt and never less than convincing…I have a feeling this is going to be the benchmark Brahms survey for some time to come” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

“This third volume in Jonathan Plowright’s series of recordings of Brahms’s piano works lives up to the high promise of the first two” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 *****

GGramophone Awards 2016

Shortlisted - Instrumental

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 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 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

“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 ****

“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

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Brahms: Handel Variations

Brahms: Handel Variations


Brahms:

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

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Twenty years after his last Brahms disc, American pianist Murray Perahia has chosen to revisit this great composer’s works with a new recording featuring the great Handel Variations, Op. 24, a work Perahia considers on a par with Bach’s Goldberg variations. Alongside this are key works from Brahms’ middle and late piano periods. The Two Rhapsodies, Op.79 from his middle period, form the centrepiece of the disk and are deeply Romantic.

The album finishes with the introspective and autumnal Piano Pieces Opp.118 and 119, both from Brahms’ late period.

This is music of a mature composer performed by a pianist at the height of his powers. Murray Perahia has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist for almost 40 years, and is one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured globally as conductor and pianist. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.

Perahia’s previous recordings have garnered a Grammy® Award and several nominations, a Gramophone Award and a BBC Music Magazine Award.

“A prince amongst pianists” Financial Times

“Perahia deals seamlessly with the many subtle shifts of tempo, cementing the parts into a unified piece of light-spirited musicality that makes for a piquant contrast with the ten autumnal "Piano Pieces" from Brahms' late period, bridged here by the flightier "Two Rhapsodies".” The Independent, 19th November 2010 *****

“The virtuoso challenges of that set are met without ever drawing attention to their brilliance, and the way in which Perahia almost imperceptibly ratchets up the tension is exemplary...The Op 79 Rhapsodies balance power and poetry perfectly, the two sets of late pieces colonise their subtly different worlds with effortless ease. All hugely impressive.” The Guardian, 18th November 2010 *****

“[The miniatures] are held aloft by Perahia's unique ability to give each tiny piece close study and analysis, yet then to create a seemingly spontaneous flow of music-making. The B minor adagio (Op 119, No 1) is achingly beautiful, the G minor ballade (Op 118, No 3) fiercely impassioned.” The Observer, 28th November 2010

“Murray Perahia’s Brahms is outstanding in every way. He has the elegance to showcase the baroque inspiration of the Handel Variations, but also the sense of scale and architecture to encompass Brahms’s 30-minute musical journey...This is one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available.” Financial Times *****

“Time and again Brahms's potential for strenuousness and opacity is clarified with a superfine musical intelligence and technique...I doubt whether the concluding and exultant fugure has often been given with a more formidable yet lightly worn articulacy in its entire history...you may well wonder when you last heard a pianist with a more patrician disregard for all forms of bloated excess of exaggeration.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“Perahia brings his customary mastery to piano works by Brahms, a composer he is not usually associated with but whose blend of lyricism and rigour suits his gifts perfectly...Throughout, Perahia shapes the phrases in long-breathed arcs while bringing out every detail.” The Telegraph, 14th January 2011 ****

“His long experience with Bach's keyboard works gives him a natural point of entry to the Variations on a Theme of Handel, which is taken at quite fast tempos...Yet Perahia never draws attention to the technical challenges, and the music seems to flow out of him with complete naturalness.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

“The middle period Rhapsodies are beautifully rounded. with the composer's bold heroics matched with lyrical, poetic playing. The final ten pieces are intimate and reflective, played with an intense mastery that is wonderful.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2011 *****

“This an astonishing performance, full of superb understanding and technical mastery...His command of the work is complete” International Record Review, January 2011

“one of [Perahia's] finest CDs yet. The set of Handel Variations is both elegant and totally authoritative...Excellent, vivid recording makes this an indispensable example of Perahia's special identification with the composer” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Awards 2011

Best of Category - Instrumental

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2011

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - February 2011

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Mendelssohn, Schubert & Brahms: Piano Works

Mendelssohn, Schubert & Brahms: Piano Works


Brahms:

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major 'Sweet Remembrance'

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Schubert:

Klavierstücke (3), D946


David Theodor Schmidt (piano)

Sony - 88697431592

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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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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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Schubert, Chopin & Brahms: Late Piano Works

Schubert, Chopin & Brahms: Late Piano Works


Brahms:

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 43 in G minor, Op. 67 No. 2

Mazurka No. 45 in A minor, Op. 67 No. 4

Mazurka No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68 No. 4

Largo in E flat major, BI 109

Schubert:

Klavierstücke (3), D946


Maria Gabryś (fortepiano)

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Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas

Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas


Brahms:

Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118


Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet in B flat after Bärmann Ottensteiner, by Schwenk & Seggelke, Bamberg, 2001) & Andreas Staier (Steinway & Sons piano, New York, 1875)

The two sonatas for clarinet and piano, composed in 1894, were Brahms’s last chamber works. Knowing that he could count on the virtuosity of their dedicatee, the prodigious clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld (1856-1907), Brahms enthusiastically exploited all the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Under the fingers of Lorenzo Coppola, the clarinet prays, sobs, dreams or laughs, bringing astonishing conviction to all these varied emotions.

Both Andreas Staier and Lorenzo Coppola contribute booklet notes for this release and in particular they have this to say about the 1875 Steinway used in the recording:

"The grand pianos of Steinway & Sons of New York were the most advanced of their time. They won a gold medal at the Paris International Exposition of 1867, and their technical innovations were eventually to be adopted by all European piano makers. The instruments, which were again honoured at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, may be said to mark the end of the development of piano building: with them, today’s concert grand was created, which has since been modified only in minor details. The instrument used in this recording is numbered 32500 and dates from the year 1875.

In Brahms’s later years, Steinway grand pianos were among his favourite instruments. On 18 November 1881, for example, he wrote to Julius Otto Grimm: ‘Be so good as to inquire in Cologne or elsewhere if they cannot send us a Bechstein or Steinway. I will gladly pay the transport costs. But I will no longer play on any dubious or questionable instrument.’

We sincerely thank Chris Maene for making his original Steinway available to us for this recording and the rehearsals that preceded it. We spent a very pleasant few days in his collection of instruments in Ruiselede, where we were also enjoyed the most generous hospitality."

“[music] you could hear both players exploiting there the intimacy of their two characters as the balance changes. Lorenzo writes persuasively in the notes about the colours moods and characters he hears in the two Brahms sonatas – these would be musically rewarding performances on modern instruments but embracing 19th century technology to such persuasive effect gives it an added dimension.” Andrew McGregor, CD Review, 25/04/2015

“Staier and Coppola’s characterful playing seeks out muted shadings, blends and balances that constantly surprise the ear.” Irish Times, April 2015

“Lorenzo Coppola has an ample, flexible, bright tone … there is a wonderful polished sheen to his playing, coupled with a poignant touch in the lyrical slow movements and a rich sonority when the clarinet is in its lowest registers. Musically these are thoroughly engaging performances, injected with fire when appropriate but also retreating into reflective territory where the poise of the clarinet playing is at its most affecting.” The Telegraph, April 2015

“Clashes of personality don't occur between Coppola and Staier. They interpret the texts within a framework of mutually passionate advocacy, rubato expressed through an elasticity of tempo that hews closely to the pulse, clean textures achieved through playing that reflects the timbres of each instrument...Superlatives all round.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“The two instruments blend so well that clarinet phrases can sometimes seem to emerge from the piano timbre and dissolve back into it again…the restless changefulness in colour and mood that these players find, especially in the F minor Sonata, certainly invites us to listen afresh.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

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