“… The Waltzes are deservedly popular and should always be performed as a set. Douglas ties them together into a neat package that is a joy to listen to. There is plenty of contrast between them, and his pacing, expression, and flexibility make the disparate elements into a unified whole. It is one of the most effective and satisfying performances I have heard of his first solo piano version from 1867. The Intermezzos are seductively performed … The recording is well up to the high standards set by this label, and the notes by Nicholas Marston do what they are supposed to with distinction.”
Alan Becker – American Record Guide – May/June 2015
**** (Excellent Disc) ***(Good Sound)
Michel Le Naour - Classica magazine (France) - June 2015
“… Barry Douglas’ conspectus of Brahms solo piano works continues with this well-recorded and well-chosen programme … The Chandos recording is top notch, enabling granitic chords and trill-encrusted lines alike to shine.” ****
Colin Clarke – International Piano magazine – March/April 2015
**** (Album Recommended) Sound 3.5/5
Bertrand Boissard - Diapson magazine (France) - February 2015
"...The Chandos recorded sound is very good indeed, and this early sonata – and the superb account of the Waltzes – make this a fine addition not only to Barry Douglas’s series, but to the Brahms solo piano discography more generally."
Roy Westbrook - MusicWeb-Intenational.com - January 2015
"...Outstandingly recorded and presented, this is a fine addition to Brahms, to music which in such hands leaves you ’a different person’.
Bryce Morrison - Gramophone magazine - January 2015
Performance **** Recording ****
“… I have never heard the op.30 Waltzes turned into such graceful single utterance. There’s a conversational directness, yet each waltz is vividly characterised: the caressing quality of the second gives way to the hesitant questioning of the third, the spaciousness of the fourth, and the hushed whisper of the fifth. Brahms created the Theme with variations for piano from the majestic second movement of his first String Sextet. Douglas delivers the pared-down theme with massive power, and finds the necessary visionary quality for the closing variation.”
Michael Church – BBC Music magazine – January 2015
“…This is Brahms playing of the highest order. The recording is fabulous …”
Nicholas Salwey – International Record Review – December 2014
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