Brahms: Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

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Brahms: Ballades and Fantasies

Brahms: Ballades and Fantasies


Brahms:

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

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116


Bold, turbulent defiance sit alongside pained introspection and bittersweet reverie in this penetrating recital of Brahms piano works by the acclaimed young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin in his eagerly awaited second recording for PENTATONE.

By turns placid, sparse, restive and impassioned, the highly personal and contemplative late piano pieces of Brahms have been described as "the mirrors of his soul". The seven pieces comprising the Fantasias, Op. 116 are quite different in mood but are nevertheless intricately constructed to produce poetic miniatures of great depth and sonority, requiring sensitive artistry to convey their sense of unity and poignancy.

Brahms is in a more full-bloodied and demonstrative mood with the four character pieces in the much earlier Ballades, Op 10. But these too show moments of transcendent beauty as in the closing ballade where the tenor melody is woven into the mellifluously undulating pianissimo accompaniment. And in the rarely heard Theme and Variations, Op. 18b, Brahms makes a sumptuous and instantly seductive arrangement of the second movement of his own String Sextet, producing an arresting and magisterial work with exquisite tone colorations and a hushed, sublime ending.

Kozuhukin's first recording with PENTATONE of the Grieg and Tchaikovsky's Piano concertos was widely praised. Radio Bremen hailed him as "...already one of the greats of the black and white keys". Gramophone magazine named the release 'Editor's Choice' for May 2016, noting "Above all, [Kozhukhin] is natural ... His inerrant rhythmic sense is pliant yet taut; his sound unalloyed silver. Listening to Kozhukhin, you're left with one thing: the music - incontestable, complete." And The Herald Scotland was unequivocal. "If you want to add these old warhorses to your music library, however, there are few better places to start than here... [PENTATONE] uses the slogan 'Sit back and enjoy', and that is the way to appreciate a recording that could hardly be better for its balanced capturing of the performances."

“The Ballades confirm his mastery of sonority, balance and deportment. Kozhukhin takes care to articulate each note, where the majority of pianists phrase by the bar...this is worth pursuing.” Diapason, April 2017 *****

“Pentatone has given Denis Kozhukhin a beautifully warm acoustic for this Brahms recording, setting his performances in the best possible light…[he] is alive to the Baroque feel [of the Theme and Variations], which emanates from the archaic-sounding D minor theme, with its turn to the major, is particularly beautifully rendered…I’m very taken with what Kozhukhin has to say in this music” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Pentatone - PTC5186568

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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.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4806639

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.25

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Jon Nakamatsu plays Brahms

Jon Nakamatsu plays Brahms


Brahms:

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

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1957339

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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

“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 ****

“...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

Onyx - ONYX4055

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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)

ABC Classics - ABC4766790

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Henri Bonamy plays Brahms & Schubert

Henri Bonamy plays Brahms & Schubert


Brahms:

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850


Henri Bonamy (piano)

Henri Bonamy is fast becoming one of the most ‘in demand’ young talents of his generation, on the concert platform today. A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire he has played extensively throughout Europe and the Far East, in concerto and solo performances. He is a regular chamber music recitalist and his performing partners include Julia Fischer, Marina Chiche and Wen-Sinn Yang.

Genuin - GEN88132

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Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5, etc.

Brahms:

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

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Harmonia Mundi - HMU907339

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Brahms, Liszt, Scriabin: Piano Works

Brahms, Liszt, Scriabin: Piano Works


Brahms:

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23


Sergei Kuznetzov (piano)

DDD

Classical Records - CR003

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$14.50

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Fantasien

Fantasien


Bach, C P E:

Free Fantasia, for keyboard in F sharp minor, H300/Wq67

Beethoven:

Fantasia in G minor, Op. 77

Brahms:

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'


Anna Tsybuleva (piano)

Following her first prize win at the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition, Russian-born Anna Tsybuleva releases her debut solo recording with Champs Hill Records as part of her prize. The album showcases four fantasy-themed works by CPE bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. Tsybuleva says of her passion for fantasies: ''Ever since my childhood I have loved to fantasise, the absence of borders in our dreams has always appealed to me. In our mind's eye, we can cover the whole world in the snap of a finger. I think everyone regardless of age or profession, can at least once in a lifetime imagine themselves philosophers, able to find answers to life's most difficult questions.'' Anna Tsybuleva began studying the piano at the age of six with her mother, Svetlena Tsybuleva, later continuing her studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Ludmila Roschina and the Basel Music Academy with Claudio Martinez.

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Champs Hill Records - CHRCD131

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$12.50

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Brahms: 4 Ballades & 7 Fantasias - Vinyl Edition

Brahms: 4 Ballades & 7 Fantasias - Vinyl Edition


Brahms:

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116


Emil Gilels (piano)

“Gilels had immense physical power and impeccable control, but he was also capable of exquisitely refined poetry and had an acute perception of the lyrical impulse lying behind even the most assertive of Brahms's writing.” Daily Telegraph

DG - 4796328

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