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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1 / Barry Douglas, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118
>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in D minor, Op. 116/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in D minor, Op. 116/7
>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in G minor, Op. 116/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
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Notes & Reviews:

This is Volume 1 in a new series devoted to the Works for Solo Piano by Johannes Brahms, starting with a selection of highly personal collections of Capriccios, Intermezzi, Ballades, a Romance, and Rhapsodies. The series also marks the first major project of the internationally acclaimed pianist Barry Douglas as an exclusive Chandos artist. Since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, Douglas has established a major international career, and his reputation as a pianist and conductor continues to grow. Douglas was the soloist in the 2011 recording of Nino Rota's Concerto soirée (CHAN 10669), of which International Piano said: 'For pianophiles, the headline message is undoubtedly "Barry's back". A complete Brahms series beckons, for which this definitely whets the appetite.'

Gramophone Magazine
Douglas's beautiful, rounded tone and assiduously effected tempo relationships will satisfy listeners who like a less classically conceived, more pianistically oriented Handel Variations...his cycle will surely be fascinating to follow as it unfolds.

BBC Music Magazine
A purple Brahms patch from this fulsome-toned pianist proves to be more than 77 minutes of warm, enveloping delight. Barry Douglas's approach is straightforward and eschews any temptation towards novelty for the sake of it; instead, he goes for the music's emotional jugular, enhanced by beautiful, rich tone and structural rigour...Douglas still allows his head to be led ultimately by his heart, which is what gives the disc its X-Factor.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Despite these vagaries of programming, Douglas's playing is warm and full-bodied as well as restrained and introspective in the more intimate lyrical expressions of the Intermezzos. He manages to capture Brahms's power without hammering at the full chordal passages and climactic moments. He builds forward motion and tension more through attentive phrasing - something especially admirable in the two rhapsodies. The Handel Variations and Fugue pay attention to the varied characters the variations explore while maintaining the sense of constant sweeping movement towards the grand closing fugue.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118 :: Intermezzo, Op. 118/2
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in D minor, Op. 116/1
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118 :: Romance, Op. 118/5
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in D minor, Op. 116/7
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10 :: in B major, Op. 10/4
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Brahms, Johannes : Capriccio for piano in G minor, Op. 116/3
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861