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."

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Anna Vinnitskaya plays Brahms & Bach

Anna Vinnitskaya plays Brahms & Bach


Brahms:

Transcription of Bach's Partita BWV 1004

Klavierstücke (8), Op. 76

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116


Anna Vinnitskaya’s discography to date has been Franco-Russian. Here she tackles Brahms, whom she has frequently played in concert, notably this summer at the Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron. Here is what ResMusica had to say about that recital: ‘True to her reputation, the Russian pianist genuinely illuminated the scene, impressing us with the control and depth of her artistry . . . Each piece obeyed a flawless architectural rigour, focusing on melodic line and diversity of tone. Right from the first bars of Bach’s Chaconne transcribed by Brahms for the left hand, she produced a sound so full and nuanced as to make us forget that we were listening to just one hand. . . . There is always a great temptation to slide into Romantic emphasis, but the Russian artist achieved emotion with sobriety, using very little pedal. In the Klavierstücke of Brahms, this ability to penetrate the score down to its slightest inflections resulted in a version at the opposite pole from what one so often hears. Only the great Brahms interpreters possess the gift of not overloading a text already sufficiently dense in sentiments.’ This recording was made some weeks later, at the famous, indeed legendary concert hall of Neumarkt near Nuremberg.

“Vinnitskaya conveys [the transcription of Bach’s Chaconne] with all the conviction, line and power that it needs, everything balanced and well modulated. Elsewhere, with her emphasis on clarity of texture and purity of tone, Vinnitskaya achieves, at her best, exquisitely calibrated accounts, such as the twilit Intermezzo, Op. 116” BBC Music Magazine, July 2016 ***

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Brahms: Horn Trio Op. 40, Violin Sonata Op. 78 & Fantasies Op. 116

Brahms: Horn Trio Op. 40, Violin Sonata Op. 78 & Fantasies Op. 116


Brahms:

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Teunis van der Zwart (natural horn), Isabelle Faust (violin)

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116


Brahms was especially fond of the sound of the natural horn, which he saw as the embodiment of Romantic lyricism. Although the valve horn had begun to replace it in the early 19th century, it was for the older instrument, the Waldhorn, that he wrote his Trio Op.40, today still the summit of the repertoire for its unusual forces. Here three young musicians attempted to reconstruct the trio’s original sound as precisely as possible, with conspicuous success!

“Two favourite Brahms chamber works, the Horn Trio and the finest of the violin sonatas, plus one of the late sets of piano pieces, make a desirable selection…the natural horn’s tone is pleasingly dark and soft-grained…[though] the trio’s balance disadvantages Faust’s lovely playing” Sunday Times, 24/01/2016

“This is a fabulous recording, blessed by the rich, rounded horn tone of Teunis van der Zwart on his 1845 natural horn. He eases the music in with glorious warmth and, when he reaches the gallop of the finale, his speed and articulation are staggering. Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, superlative in the Trio, also shine in the First Violin Sonata, with Faust’s tone gleaming on her Strad and Melnikov, throughout the opus 116 Fantasies, in total command of the music’s extremes of volatility and stillness.” Herald Scotland, 11th March 2016

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Emil Gilels in Prague

Emil Gilels in Prague

Recorded Prague Spring Festival 24/5/1973 except Ballades: Czech Radio 10/5/78


Brahms:

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in F major, K533/494


Emil Gilels (piano)

Emil Gilels, like Svjatoslav Richter, his fellow citizen from Odessa, liked to visit Prague, the Mozart's beloved city. There, they felt free to leave aside their Slavic repertoire for tributes to the composer of the 'Magic Flute'. Gilels plays here the Schumannesque Ballades, by the young Brahms and the Fantasias Op. 116. Mozart's Piano Sonata K533/494 has not been issued before.

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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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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


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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

“...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

“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 ****

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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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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.

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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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