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Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 2; Variations, Op. 21/1; Three Intermezzi, Op. 117; Scherzo, Op. 4 / Jonathan Plowright, piano

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  1. Brahms — Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2: I. Allegro non troppo, ma energico $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Brahms — Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2: II. Andante con espressione $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Brahms — Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2: III. Scherzo. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Brahms — Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2: IV. Finale. Sostenuto - Allegro non troppo e rubato
  5. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Theme $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 7 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 8 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 9 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 10 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Brahms — Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1: Variation 11 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Brahms — 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117: No. 1 in E-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Brahms — 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117: No. 2 in B-Flat Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Brahms — 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117: No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Brahms — Scherzo in E-Flat Minor, Op. 4 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op. 117
>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Johannes Brahms’ Second Piano Sonata, which opens pianist Jonathan Plowright’s disc, is the work of a young man eager to make his mark both as pianist and composer: virtuosic, tempestuous and often not especially Brahmsian. Of the remaining works, the Scherzo (1851) was actually composed before the Sonata, while the introspective op. 21 Variations probably saw the light of day not much later, c. 1855. The Three Intermezzi (1892) are at once one of the darkest and most beautiful of Brahms’s late piano works. “tremendous warmth, plus an intimate atmosphere”(BBC Music Magazine on Volume 1)

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Plowright delivers this highly charged musical argument with tremendous momentum, but is careful to follow Brahms's meticulous pedal marks, thus ensuring that none of the full-blooded textures sound bloated...[in the Variations] Plowright's refined pianism really comes into its own...Even more hypnotic is Plowright's wonderfully subtle approach to the Op. 117 Intermezzos.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Already audacious and formidable, [the F sharp minor sonata] brims over with thorny obstacles and it takes a master pianist of Plowright's stature to resolve its complication into lucidity. This he does with all of his customary command...But the chief wonder of this disc remains Op. 117.

The Guardian, 15th January 2015
From the first few bars of [the Sonata's] opening movement, it's clear that Plowright has got a perfect sense of the scale and the range of this tricky early work. As well as its technical brilliance, the sense of the boundless invention of the young Brahms worrying away at the constraints of sonata form is vividly present.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (01/2014).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op. 117
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851