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Brahms: Handel Variations

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119
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Notes & Reviews:

"Perahia deals seamlessly with the many subtle shifts of tempo, cementing the parts into a unified piece of light-spirited musicality that makes for a piquant contrast with the ten autumnal "Piano Pieces" from Brahms' late period, bridged here by the flightier "Two Rhapsodies"." -The Independent

"The virtuoso challenges of that set are met without ever drawing attention to their brilliance, and the way in which Perahia almost imperceptibly ratchets up the tension is exemplary...The Op 79 Rhapsodies balance power and poetry perfectly, the two sets of late pieces colonise their subtly different worlds with effortless ease. All hugely impressive." -The Guardian

"[The miniatures] are held aloft by Perahia's unique ability to give each tiny piece close study and analysis, yet then to create a seemingly spontaneous flow of music-making. The B minor adagio (Op 119, No 1) is achingly beautiful, the G minor ballade (Op 118, No 3) fiercely impassioned." -The Observer

"Murray Perahia’s Brahms is outstanding in every way. He has the elegance to showcase the baroque inspiration of the Handel Variations, but also the sense of scale and architecture to encompass Brahms’s 30-minute musical journey...This is one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available." -The Financial Times

"Time and again Brahms's potential for strenuousness and opacity is clarified with a superfine musical intelligence and technique...I doubt whether the concluding and exultant fugure has often been given with a more formidable yet lightly worn articulacy in its entire history...you may well wonder when you last heard a pianist with a more patrician disregard for all forms of bloated excess of exaggeration." -Gramophone

"His long experience with Bach's keyboard works gives him a natural point of entry to the Variations on a Theme of Handel, which is taken at quite fast tempos...Yet Perahia never draws attention to the technical challenges, and the music seems to flow out of him with complete naturalness." -BBC Music Magazine

"This an astonishing performance, full of superb understanding and technical mastery...His command of the work is complete" -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Funkhaus Berlin, Saal 1, Nalepastrasse, Germany (06/19/2010-06/24/2010).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Berlin, Saal 1, Nalepastrasse, Germany (06/19/2010-06/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
  • Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Berlin, Saal 1, Nalepastrasse, Germany (06/19/2010-06/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
  • Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Berlin, Saal 1, Nalepastrasse, Germany (06/19/2010-06/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119
  • Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Berlin, Saal 1, Nalepastrasse, Germany (06/19/2010-06/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892