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

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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 4

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 4


Brahms:

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35: Book 1

Ballade, Op. 10 No. 1 ‘Edward'

Capriccio in F sharp minor, Op. 76 No. 1

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

Intermezzo in A major, Op. 76 No. 6

Variations on a theme by Schumann in F sharp minor, Op. 9

Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119 No. 2

Intermezzo in C sharp minor, Op. 117 No. 3

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


This is Volume 4 in Barry Douglas’s monumental project to record the complete works for solo piano by Johannes Brahms. Each volume has been released to critical acclaim, the first one, in 2012, being seen by BBC Music as ‘a triumph of Brahmsian thought, with playing that gets right to the heart of the composer’.

Once again, the album is presented as a stand-alone recital, prominently featuring the C major Sonata, which was Brahms’s first published work. The influence on Brahms of his early romantic predecessors Beethoven and Schubert is obvious here, not only in the virtuoso demands on the performer but also in the opening, which recalls both Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata, Op. 106 and Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy.

Two other works are much more than simple sets of variations. The Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann highlight the close relationship of Brahms with Schumann and his wife, Clara, to whom the work is dedicated ‘with intimate reverence’, and demonstrate Brahms’s skill at ‘thematic actualisation’, whereby latent potentialities of a theme are gradually revealed throughout the variation process. In the Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini – the first of two books originally published in 1866 as ‘Keyboard Studies’ – each variation explores a distinct figural pattern or keyboard technique.

The recording also features short keyboard character pieces, abundant in the second half of the nineteenth century and especially in Brahms’s later years.

“Douglas achieves a magnificently orchestral textures. This is big, broad-boned playing of a high order: powerful but never noisy; grand but never grandiose; texturally lucid and tonally rich.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015 ****

“Douglas comes fully alive throughout the C major Sonata. His proportioned rubatos in the first movement's second theme and broodingly sustained Andante imbue the unwieldy textures with colour and variety.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

Chandos Barry Douglas Brahms Solo Piano Music - CHAN10857

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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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Brahms: Selected Piano Music

Brahms: Selected Piano Music


Brahms:

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

Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Frank Huang (piano)

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Piano Sonata No. 1

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Piano Sonata No. 1


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

London Symphony Orchestra, Philip Ryan Mann

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


Norman Krieger (piano)

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Decca - 4815020

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Sviatoslav Richter Plays Brahms, Liszt & Schubert

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Brahms, Liszt & Schubert


Brahms:

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

Liszt:

Consolation, S. 172 No. 6 in E major

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 17 in D minor

Scherzo and March, S. 177

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 11 'Harmonies du soir'

Schubert:

Scherzo in D flat major, D593 No. 2

Andante in A major, D604

Ländler (17), D366: selection


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Brahms: Piano Works

Brahms: Piano Works


Brahms:

Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4

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

Ballades (4), Op. 10


Ivo Varbanov (piano)

The second release of Ivo Varbanov on ICSM Records presents early piano works by Johannes Brahms, his Piano Sonata no. 1 in C major, Op. 1, the Scherzo, Op. 4, and the four Ballades, Op. 10. All three piano works were performed at crucial moments in Brahms's life: the Piano Sonata was the focus of one of the most romantic ‘first encounters’ in musical history. The handsome 20-year-old-unknown from Hamburg presented himself at Robert Schumann’s house in Düsseldorf on 1 October 1853. Schumann invited him to play something, and he sat down to begin the C major Sonata. ‘Visit from Brahms, a genius’, wrote Schumann in his diary for that day.

“Varbanov lets the beauties of Brahms's First Sonata unfold gradually, but the young Brahms emerges with exuberant swagger in his account of the third movement...this CD radiates the right sort of authority.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 ***

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Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1 & Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5

Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1 & Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5


Brahms:

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

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


Eric Le Van (piano)

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Adam Golka plays Beethoven & Brahms

Adam Golka plays Beethoven & Brahms


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Brahms:

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


Adam Golka (piano)

Adam Golka has won widespread critical and popular acclaim with his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” (The Washington Post) and has garnered international prizes including the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award. He has performed with many orchestras around the globe inlcuding BBC Scottish SO, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw PO, Shanghai PO and many American orchestras and has collaborated with artists such as Donald Runnicles, Mark Wigglesworth and Pinchas Zukerman. This brilliant young Polish-American pianist releases a remarkable new and unique recording. Brahms was clearly influenced by the ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata yet this is the first time these two works have appeared together on a recording.

“Golka's well-oiled fingers navigate the Beethoven's first-movement technical provocations fluently, with amazingly even trills to boot.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

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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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Fabio Martino plays Brahms, Krieger, Schumann & Höller

Fabio Martino plays Brahms, Krieger, Schumann & Höller


Brahms:

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

Höller, Y:

Piano Sonata No. 3

World Premiere Recording

Krieger, E:

Estudos Intervalares

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Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 111


Fabio Martino (piano)

This CD is by prize-winner Fabio Martino (music competition of the Cultural Committee of German Business) and was produced in cooperation with the Bavarian Broadcasting Company.

This release includes two world premiere recordings of works by Edino Krieger and York Höller.

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