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Brahms: Fantasies; Handel Variations; Schoenberg: 6 Little Piano Pieces; Suite for Piano

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  6. Schoenberg&Brahms — 7 Fantasien, Op. 116/1: Capriccio - Presto energico $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Schoenberg&Brahms — 6 kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19/1 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Schoenberg&Brahms — 7 Fantasien, Op. 116/2: Intermezzo - Andante $0.99 on iTunes
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  11. Schoenberg&Brahms — 6 kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19/3 $0.99 on iTunes
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  13. Schoenberg&Brahms — 7 Fantasien, Op. 116: Intermezzo - Andante con grazia ed intissimo sentimento $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Schoenberg&Brahms — 7 Fantasien, Op. 116: Intermezzo - Andantino teneramente $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Schoenberg&Brahms — 6 kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19 $0.99 on iTunes
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  18. Schoenberg&Brahms — 6 kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19/6 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Schoenberg&Brahms — Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24
  20. Schoenberg&Brahms — Suite in B-Flat Major, HWV 434: Suite in B-Flat Major, HWV 434 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Suite for piano, Op. 25
>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in D minor, Op. 116/1
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Little Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 19
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in G minor, Op. 116/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzo for piano in E minor, Op. 116/5
>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in D minor, Op. 116/7
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is the début recording from pianist Shai Wosner, an artist who continues to attract international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. Wosner's virtuosity and perceptiveness have increasingly made him a favorite among audiences and critics alike. In 2005, Wosner won an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He also continues his extensive performing and recording activity as a BBC New Generation Artist. Wosner calls the Suite by Schonberg and the Handel Variations by Brahms 'declarations of independence.' The Schonberg was his first purely 12-tone work, and the Brahms was his first wholly successful solo piano work after the three early sonatas. Brahms the revolutionary is highlighted by Wosner on this CD by interweaving the late Fantasies with Schoenberg's early Op.19 Piano Pieces. Only twelve years separate the two and the surprises from Wosner's clever juxtaposition are many.

"A remarkable blend of the intellectual, physical and even devilish sides of performance that could lead to great accomplishment. Complexity clearly attracts him, but so does its translation into apparent ease in performing. The ingredients that were in the young Rudolf Serkin are all here. Let's hear him more." -Chicago Sun-Times

"The idea here is that Brahms and Schoenberg are aesthetic soul mates...One can choose to ignore that concept and simply enjoy Wosner's superb rendering of Brahms and Schoenberg. His tone is impressively varied: uncompromisingly muscular in the Brahms Capriccio and Schoenberg's Prelude, meltingly otherworldly in the slower intermezzos and quieter Schoenberg pieces...His articulation of the theme and faster movements in the Handel Variations is so crisp, and his touch so aggressive in the Schoenberg Suite that we wonder if he is playing a different instrument in these works than in the softly contoured middle pieces. This is a fascinating and satisfying recording no matter how one approaches it."-American Record Guide

The Guardian,
This is a genuinely imaginative pairing of two composers who have more in common than their popular images might suggest...The sequence works well, and Wosner's understated playing suits it perfectly.

Gramophone Magazine
If Brahms and Schoenberg may strike conservative listeners as odd bedfellows, Shai Wosner, a young Israeli pianist, does not see any dichotomy between "old" and "new" music, but an evolutionary rather than revolutionary process.

International Record Review
Paradoxically, the alternation of shorter pieces allows them to assert their individuality at the same time that it underlines their connections with one another. If, for even a very brief moment, one is caught asking oneself, 'Wait, is this Brahms or Schoenberg?', then Wosner's provocative idea is valid...I have not enjoyed a new piano recital as much in quite some time!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010).



Reviews

Good Brahms, Exceptional Schoenberg
An experimental programme combining Brahms and Schoenberg. No great effort is made here to present Brahms as a progressive, instead his music is played with insight and stylistic sympathy. But then, so is Schoenberg's, and it is the later composer who comes off best: http://www.classical-cd-reviews.com/2010/11/shai-wosner-plays-brahms-and-schoenberg.html
Submitted on 11/20/10 by Gavin Dixon 
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Works Details

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Suite for piano, Op. 25
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921-1923

>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in D minor, Op. 116/1
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Little Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Little Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in G minor, Op. 116/3
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Little Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzo for piano in E minor, Op. 116/5
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Little Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in D minor, Op. 116/7
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Little Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • Performer: Shai Wosner (Piano)
  • Notes: Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, USA (01/12/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861