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Brahms: Händel Variations, Op. 24; Max Reger: Bach Variations, Op. 81 / Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurr, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.S. Bach for piano, Op. 81
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Notes & Reviews:

Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurr goes back far enough to have studied with the piano legends Alfred Cortot and Wilhelm Kempff. MDG is now re-releasing a recording from the 1980s showing Schnurr as an energetic, gripping interpreter.

Even in these extremely complex masterpieces Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurr demonstrates his pianistic perfection. His combination of uncompromising clarity and emotional expression is absolutely impressive. This spectacular recording has not lost any of its freshness even after thirty years - a fact also owing to the top audio production forces that flawlessly captured the atmosphere of Bielefeld's famous Rudolf Oetker Hall.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Oh no! Here are two more in a seemingly endless procession of Handel Variations... This is yet another monumental work from an unquestioned master of counterpoint. It has been tackled before by Markus Becker (no relation), Mark Hamelin, and Rudolf Serkin. Both recordings are excellent and the notes are decent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rudolf-Oetkar-Halle Bielefeld (1985).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • Performer: Friedrich Schnurr (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.S. Bach for piano, Op. 81
  • Performer: Friedrich Schnurr (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/12/1904