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

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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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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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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

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$12.00

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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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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)

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Classical Records - CR003

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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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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 ***

Alpha - ALPHA231

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