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CHAN 10833

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 3

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Barry Douglas

piano

Venue:

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano


Classical

Total Time - 67:15
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JOHANNES BRAHMS

(1833-1897)
 

Waltzes, Op. 39

19:49  
  Dr. Eduard Hanslick zugeeignet  
1 1 Tempo giusto - 0:50
2 2 [ ] - 1:17
3 3 [ ] - 1:05
4 4 Poco sostenuto - 1:31
5 5 Grazioso - 1:10
6 6 Vivace - 1:03
7 7 Poco più Andante - 1:57
8 8 [ ] - 1:23
9 9 [ ] - 1:10
10 10 [ ] - 0:34
11 11 [ ] - 1:31
12 12 [ ] - 1:24
13 13 [ ] - 0:35
14 14 [ ] - 1:20
15 15 [ ] - 1:33
16 16 [ ] - 1:21
   
17 

Theme with Variations

10:57
  in D minor - in d-Moll - en ré mineur  
  after the second movement of String Sextet No. 1, Op. 18  
  in B flat major - in B-Dur - en si bémol majeur  
  Arranged by the composer for solo piano  
  Für Clara Schumann gesetzt: Zum 13. September 1860 als freundlichen Gruß  
  Andante, ma moderato  
18 

Intermezzo, Op. 119 No. 1

3:00
  in B minor - in h-Moll - en si mineur  
  from [Four] Piano Pieces  
  Adagio  
19 

Intermezzo, Op. 119 No. 3

1:51
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
  from [Four] Piano Pieces  
  Grazioso e giocoso  
20 

Intermezzo, Op. 116 No. 5

3:10
  in E minor - in e-Moll - en mi mineur  
  from [Seven] Fantasies  
  Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento  
 

Sonata No. 2, Op. 2

28:35  
  in F sharp minor - in fis-Moll - en fa dièse mineur  
  Clara Schumann zugeeignet  
21 Allegro non troppo, ma energico - Più mosso 6:12
22 Andante con espressione - Largo - Tempo I 6:19
23 Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Poco più moderato - Tempo I - Più moderato - Tempo I 3:58
24 Finale. Introduzione. Sostenuto - Allegro non troppo e rubato - Animato - 12:04
  TT 67:26      
   
 Barry Douglas piano
  31 March and 1 April 2014  


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.

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