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Brahms: The Complete Variations / Ohlsson

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Theme and Variations for Piano in D minor
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (13) for Piano on a Hungarian Dance, Op. 21
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (16) for Piano in F sharp minor on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (28) for Piano on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35
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Notes & Reviews:

American pianist Garrick Ohlsson, whose complete Chopin set was acclaimed as one of the most important anniversary releases of 2010, now turns to another significant body of Romantic piano music - Brahms' variations. The coruscatingly difficult Paganini Variations, is frequently featured in piano competitions, performed to demonstrate extraordinary technique. The Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel is one of the summits of his entire keyboard output, showing the composer at the height of his powers. This two-disc set also contains some little-known gems, including the wonderful Variations on an Original Theme.

'Ohlsson's playing not only persuaded me to appreciate the two Op 21 works but actually to listen to both discs all the way through in a single sitting. He is that good ... This is a great Brahms recording that elevates and illuminates the music with a lightness of touch and heart that eludes many (yet he can darken the tone when required) ... [Paganini Variations] Perhaps the most musical performance on disc in recent years' (Gramophone)

'An authoritative new collection of all six Brahms essays in theme-and-variations composition ... He's a born Brahmsian, equipped at the highest level with the necessary speed and power, the muscular strength and facility of finger tempered by breadth of outlook and solidity of intellect ... Ohlsson's new Brahms conspectus adds up to an altogether remarkable achievement' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Ohlsson's many musical insights and his magnificent technical skills make this a release demanding to be heard' (ClassicalSource.com)

'Garrick Ohlsson has the technical resources to tackle the particular challenges that Brahms attached to Paganini's famous theme' (The Irish Times)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (12/05/2009-12/08/2009).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Theme and Variations for Piano in D minor
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (12/05/2009-12/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (12/05/2009-12/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (12/05/2009-12/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (13) for Piano on a Hungarian Dance, Op. 21
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (12/05/2009-12/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (16) for Piano in F sharp minor on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (12/05/2009-12/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (28) for Piano on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (12/05/2009-12/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863