Brahms: Waltzes (16), Op. 39

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Brahms: Hungarian Dances

Brahms: Hungarian Dances


Brahms:

Klavierstücke (8), Op. 76

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D minor

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 4

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major

Hungarian Dance No. 7

Hungarian Dance No. 8 in A minor

Hungarian Dance No. 9 in E minor

Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major


The product of close study of Gypsy folklore, the Hungarian Dances were originally destined for piano four hands; they were subsequently orchestrated, but Brahms himself also made a reduction for piano solo. Cédric Tiberghien completes his programme with the eight Piano Pieces op.76, and the 16 Waltzes op.39, which offer a highly personal vision of the genre, in the tradition of Schubert and Schumann.

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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 3

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 3


Brahms:

Klavierstücke (8), Op. 76

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Variations on a Hungarian Song in D major, Op. 21 No. 2


Critical acclaim for Jonathan Plowright's two previous discs in his series of Brahms’s works for solo piano includes distinctions such as ‘10/10’ on the website Classics Today and top marks in Diapason as well as ‘Instrumental Choice of the Month’ in BBC Music Magazine. On his third disc Plowright presents the listener with two seemingly contradictory aspects of Johannes Brahms: the deeply serious, emotionally charged, but also meticulously constructed late Piano Pieces of Op. 118 and their precursor Op. 76 appear side by side with the unapologetic extroversion and scintillating verve of most (if not all) of the 16 Waltzes Op. 39, and the flamboyant Variations on a Hungarian Melody. Brahms’s fascination with Hungarian gypsy music stemmed from his friendship with the violinist Eduard Reményi, and found an outlet in several works, among which the Hungarian Dances are probably the most famous. The composer was also a friend and admirer of Johann Strauss II, and in his Op. 39 trespassed – with great success – into the domains of Vienna's 'Waltz King'. It is tempting to think that Brahms early experience as a pianist in taverns and restaurants induced him to compose this sophisticated light music, but there were also commercial reasons: he composed the waltzes for piano four hands and subsequently made no less than two arrangements for solo piano of the entire set.

“Plowright’s complete Brahms piano music for BIS…has now reached Vol 3, with all its intelligence, subtlety and power in full blossom…[these] sound totally fresh, as though a fully formed, cultured musician, unencumbered by conventional approaches or received wisdom, took up these scores for the first time in maturity. The results are often unexpected, yet always apt and never less than convincing…I have a feeling this is going to be the benchmark Brahms survey for some time to come” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

“This third volume in Jonathan Plowright’s series of recordings of Brahms’s piano works lives up to the high promise of the first two” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 *****

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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 3

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano Volume 3


Brahms:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2

Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 No. 1

Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3

Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 116 No. 5

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

Waltzes (16), Op. 39


Barry Douglas returns for the highly anticipated third volume in his series devoted to Brahms’s solo piano music, the first two volumes having been met with widespread critical acclaim. Of Vol. 2, International Record Review wrote, ‘this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority... this cycle looks set to become a benchmark’.

The selected Intermezzi performed here come from the collections of short piano pieces which Brahms published in 1892 – 93, his last works for piano. A sense of wistful, melancholic reflection pervades these exquisitely crafted masterpieces of Brahms’s late maturity.

Composed at the other end of his life, at the age of twenty, the Piano Sonata in F sharp minor is full of a youthful, strident energy. It was among the pieces that, when he heard them privately, convinced Robert Schumann of Brahms’s genius. It was dedicated to Robert’s wife, Clara, who was to remain a key figure in Brahms’s life. Indeed it was Clara who, having heard the movement, begged Brahms for a piano transcription of the noble Andante from the String Sextet in B flat major, the Theme with Variations in D minor heard here.

Brahms’s set of sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 were originally conceived for piano four hands and were arranged, by popular demand, for solo piano soon after, in 1867. They capture the sense of joyful abandon often associated with the genre but their romanticism and nostalgia are uniquely Brahmsian.

“The performances are generally first-rate, with a real Brahmsian mix of toughness and slightly gruff charm about them; Douglas is at his best in the early Sonata, but his account of the jewel-like intermezzos – Clara Schumann described the first of Op 119 as a “grey pearl” – are most subtlely coloured too.” The Guardian, 2nd October 2014 ****

“I can only wonder at his Brahms, which is superbly masterful in technique and musicianship (an indissoluble blend). There is no trace of distortion or egocentricity...Instead you hear an unfaltering commitment to exclusively musical matters and the results are as moving as they are exemplary.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

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Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 1-21 & Waltzes

Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 1-21 & Waltzes

for Four Hands


Brahms:

Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 Nos. 1-21 (complete)

Waltzes (16), Op. 39


Duo Tal & Groethuysen

“A beguiling take on the Hungarian Dances with lashings of rubato, coupled to a set of waltzes that exchanges salon innocence for concert hall sophistication.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ****

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Richard Farrell - The Complete Recordings, Volume 1

Richard Farrell - The Complete Recordings, Volume 1


Brahms:

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Ballade in G minor, Op. 24

19 Norwegian Folksongs, Op. 66 (selections)

Nos 14 & 17

9 Lyric Pieces

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124


Richard Farrell (piano)

The Halle Orchestra, George Weldon

Fifty years ago on a country road near Arundel, Sussex, a car unaccountably left the road and hit a tree, killing all three of the vehicle's occupants. One of the passengers in the car was Richard Farrell. Richard was just starting an amazing career as a concert pianist. In 1956 he made what was to be his last tour of New Zealand. By this time he was tackling some of the mountain-peaks of the pianistic repertoire in his programmes - things like the Brahms F Minor Sonata and the "Handel" Variations, Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit", Chopin's Op.10 Etudes, and some Liszt transcriptions and paraphrases. As well, with the New Zealand National Orchestra, whose work with conductor James Robertson he praised, he played the "Emperor", and the Ravel Left-Hand Concerto. That same year Farrell had commenced what seemed a highly promising recording career in England with Pye Records, beginning with a coupling of the Grieg and Liszt E-flat concertos in which he was partnered by the Halle Orchestra under George Weldon. These two concertos are on this recording.

“I enjoyed his playing very much, for he has what is today the rare virtue of being able to play slowly. Though he often tosses off quick passages at conventional speeds (and he has plenty of technique), he always plays slow movements and slow sections of movements considerably slower than almost every other pianist listed above. And yet he is neither sentimental nor dull ; his playing, on the contrary, is movingly contemplative and poetic.” Gramophone Magazine, July 1957 (on the Grieg Piano Concerto)

“This music is wonderfully inventive, and Farrell brings out all the poetry and melancholy and humourin a performance that could hardly be bettered.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1959 (on Grieg’s Ballade)

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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: Chants d'amour

Brahms: Chants d'amour


Brahms:

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65


Kimy McLaren (soprano), Michèle Losier (mezzo-soprano), Pascal Charbonneau (tenor), Alexandre Sylvestre (baritone), Myriam Farid (piano), Olivier Godin (piano)

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Anatole Kitain: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1936-80

Anatole Kitain: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1936-80


Brahms:

Ballade, Op. 10 No. 1 ‘Edward'

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Chopin:

Rondo in E flat major, Op. 16

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major 'Black Key'

Étude Op. 10 No. 6 in E flat minor 'Lacrimosa'

Étude Op. 10 No. 7 in C major

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Étude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary'

Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Liszt:

Waldesrauschen, S145 No. 1

Vallée d'Obermann (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 6)

Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 4)

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 5 'Feux Follets'

Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)

Rachmaninov:

Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1

Étude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 1 in F minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

arr. Strimer

Schumann:

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 2 in A minor

Mazurka in E minor, Op. 25 No. 3


Anatole Kitain (piano)

Anatole Kitain (1903–1980) was an exact contemporary and fellow pupil of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, where he studied, as did the slightly older Simon Barere, with Felix Blumenfeld. All three developed fabulous techniques and were romantic pianists in the grand manner, and each fled Russia after the Revolution to make their way in the West.

That Kitain is the least known can only be put down to misfortune, as these pre-War European recordings attest to a pianist of fabulous talent. Sadly he failed to ‘make it’ after his Wartime emigration to the USA and slowly faded from view, giving his last New York concert in 1963.

“A chance to discover the elegant playing of this largely forgotten pianist.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

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Brahms: 16 Waltzes for Piano 4 Hands & Souvenir de la russe

Brahms: 16 Waltzes for Piano 4 Hands & Souvenir de la russe


Brahms:

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Daniela Ballek (piano), Josef Müller-Mayen (piano)

Souvenir de la Russie, Anh. IV/6

Tatjana Schick (piano), Leonid Schick (piano)


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Brahms: Waltzes for piano four-hands

Brahms: Waltzes for piano four-hands


Brahms:

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Liebesliederwalzer for piano with 4 Hands, Op. 52a

Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65a (Version for Piano Four-Hands)


Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov (piano)

The first release of ICSM Records (ICSM Records 001) features the complete recording of Brahms four-hand Waltzes. Dance music was in Johannes Brahms’s blood. Two particular dance-measures fascinated him throughout his life, the waltz and the Hungarian Czárdás. Here we explore what he could do with waltz-rhythms, even on the smallest scale, in the medium of the piano duet. Brahms’s two sets of Liebeslieder-Walzer (Love-song Waltzes) used to be among his best-known works. These beguiling little waltz-songs remind us of a time before radio or television, when domestic music-making was a fact of life, a time when ‘quartet parties’ were frequent and when families would gather around the piano to play and sing for their evening entertainment. Performed by Tarli and Varbanov, the two interpreters enrapt the listener with an imaginary fantasy on the waltz form whose underlying theme is love.

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