Brahms: Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

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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

Canary Classics - CC15

(CD - 2 discs)

$23.75

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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)

$11.75

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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

Orchid Classics - ORC100020

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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

(CD - 2 discs)

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

Brahms:

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

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Hyperion - CDA67550

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$14.00

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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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$12.75

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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 4

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 4


Brahms:

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35: Books 1 & 2


The theme of Paganini’s 24th Caprice for solo violin has tempted a number of composers to elaborate on it – from Liszt to Lutosławski and Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 1863, Johannes Brahms was one of the first to take on the challenge, with his virtuosic Paganini Variations. Playing the set has famously been described as requiring ‘fingers of steel, a heart of burning lava and the courage of a lion’ and possibly the demands that they place on the performer is the main reason why Brahms organized his 28 variations into two books of 14 each. For the fourth instalment in his series of Brahms’s piano music, Jonathan Plowright has chosen to place the two books at either end of the programme.

Between them we are presented with works spanning almost 40 years of Brahms’s life. Of the four Ballades from 1854, it is only for the first, the so-called ‘Edward’ Ballade, that a model in literature is known – a Scottish ballad about the murder of a father. The set has nevertheless been compared to the slow movements in Brahms’s three piano sonatas, composed around the same time, and all with literary references.

25 years later, Brahms had entered a phase where his works for piano were growing ever shorter and more concise, but with his Op. 79 Rhapsodies he made something of a return to the grandeur and passion of his early piano writing. This development was short-lived, however, and the following works for solo piano, of which the four piano pieces of Op. 119 from 1893 would be the last, have been compared to ‘the golden lustre of parks in autumn and the austere black and white of winter walks’. Previous discs in Jonathan Plowright’s survey have received critical acclaim worldwide, and the series has already been dubbed ‘the benchmark Brahms survey for some time to come’ in Gramophone.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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BIS Brahms: Works for Solo Piano - BIS2137

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Christian Ihle Hadland - The Lark

Christian Ihle Hadland - The Lark


Borodin:

Petite Suite

Brahms:

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Glinka:

The Lark

transcription of the Romance by Glinka for piano solo

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 53 in E minor, Hob.XVI:34


Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

The Norwegian Christian Ihle Hadland is a fascinatingly different pianist. Here he perfoms a diverse programme ranging though pieces by Haydn, Brahms, Borodin, Glinka and Schubert.

Ihle Hadland’s musicianship has a refreshing openness and honesty; with an artistic presence that is indeed rare today. A true lyricist at the piano, Hadland is extremely fine-tuned into the most sensitive nuances of the music he performs.

Displaying an exceptional control of timbre and the most delicate and sensitive approach to the instrument imaginable, makes him a high-in-demand musician all over the world and a favourite both with audiences and music critics. Ihle Hadland’s previous recordings of works by composers such as Chopin, Schumann, Grieg and Mozart, have rightfully received world-wide attention.

On his third solo album for Simax Classics the extraordinary pianist approaches the musical landscape of Central-Europe and Russia. The melancholy permeates throughout the title track, “Zhavoronok” (The Lark), by Mikhail Glinka – a re-working for piano the Balakirev did by a song Glinka wrote after his marriage stranded. The melancholy is no less evident in Brahms’ piano pieces or Haydn’s Sturm und Drang-characterized piano sonata – a lonesome swallow (or perhaps, lark) in minor amongst his many sonatas in the major key.

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Simax - PSC1337

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$14.00

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Brahms: Klavierwerke

Brahms: Klavierwerke


Brahms:

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Canon in F minor, Anh. III/2

Gavottes

Albumblatt, WoO

Sarabande in A Minor, WoO 5 posth.


Sophie-Mayuko Vetter (piano)

On this CD you will hear both previously unknown, first recordings of early works alongside well-known late Brahms masterworks. The Opera 117, 118 and 119 from the last years of the composer’s life are famous for their musical balance and quasi Zen-like distillation of the composer’s life experiences. Quite different are the small pieces from the Brahms‘early years: The Albumblatt in A Minor, was only discovered in 2012, a brief canon from 1864 shows the young composer’s mastery early in his career, while the Sarabande and Gavotte of 1855 were to be included in a planned suite.

This CD provides a very interesting collection of works matched with an equally intriguing interpretation! Sophie-Mayuko Vetter is one of the most remarkable and versatile young pianists. A regular guest on many international stages, she has performs an extensive repertoire ranging from early baroque to avant-garde. A perfect pianist and a sensitive musician is all that you need to characterize Sophie-Mayuko Vetter.

Hänssler - HAEN98048

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$14.00

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