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Brahms Variations, Opp. 9, 21/1-2, 24 / Terhi Dostal, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (16) for Piano in F sharp minor on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9
>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 and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
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Notes & Reviews:

Johannes Brahms's (1833 - 1897) variations for solo piano, written in 1854 - 63, belong to his early works. Some of Brahms's early variations show signs of the delicate intimacy so typical of the small-scale compositions he wrote later in life, and Finnish pianist Terhi Dostal faithfully portrays this intimacy on the newest release from Siba Records. An internationally sought after performer, Dostal has also devoted herself to the interpretation of the music of Johannes Brahms, establishing herself as a respected Brahms scholar.

"This new disc by Terhi Dostal is without a doubt the most satisfying Brahms recording I’ve yet to lay ears on. As warmly as I’ve received recent releases... Dostal plays Brahms as if the composer’s spirit inhabits her body and soul. Soft passages are of feathery lightness and delicacy, loud passages are of visceral amplitude and force, and passages of virtuosic fireworks flash like bursts of diadems lighting the night sky. Dostal’s playing is no less amazing for its technical execution than it is for the sense of oneness with the composer it seems to impart to the music. It’s almost as if she has a direct line of communication to Brahms as he guides and informs her every move. The recording should be credited too for pristine sound in the apparently ideal acoustic setting of Helsinki’s Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall. The Finnish label Siba Records is one I’ve not heard of before, but its engineers and producers are to be commended for a magnificent specimen of recording technology and art." -Fanfare

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Recording information: Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (07/05/2010-07/10/2010); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/19/2009-12/21/2009); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/28/2009-12/30/2009).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (16) for Piano in F sharp minor on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9
  • Performer: Terhi Dostal (Piano)
  • Notes: Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (07/05/2010-07/10/2010); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/19/2009-12/21/2009); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/28/2009-12/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21
  • Performer: Terhi Dostal (Piano)
  • Notes: Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (07/05/2010-07/10/2010); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/19/2009-12/21/2009); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/28/2009-12/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (13) for Piano on a Hungarian Dance, Op. 21
  • Performer: Terhi Dostal (Piano)
  • Notes: Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (07/05/2010-07/10/2010); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/19/2009-12/21/2009); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/28/2009-12/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • Performer: Terhi Dostal (Piano)
  • Notes: Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (07/05/2010-07/10/2010); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/19/2009-12/21/2009); Sibelius-Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland (12/28/2009-12/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861