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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4 / Barry Douglas, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 1
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzo for piano in E minor, Op. 119/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (16) for Piano in F sharp minor on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76
>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Douglas comes fully alive throughout the C major Sonata. His proportioned rubatos in the first movement's second theme and broodingly sustained Andante imbue the unwieldy textures with colour and variety.

Vol. 4 in Barry Douglas's monumental, well-regarded solo piano Brahms project prominently features the composer's first published work, his C major Sonata, op. 1. The influence on Brahms of his predecessors Beethoven and Schubert is obvious, not only in the virtuoso demands on the performer but also in the opening, which recalls both Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' Sonata and Schubert's 'Wanderer' Fantasy. Two other impeccable and impressive works, the Schumann Variations, op. 9, and the Paganini Variations, Op. 35 (Book 1) are included, along with several short keyboard character pieces.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2015
Douglas achieves a magnificently orchestral textures. This is big, broad-boned playing of a high order: powerful but never noisy; grand but never grandiose; texturally lucid and tonally rich.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 1
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzo for piano in E minor, Op. 119/2
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (16) for Piano in F sharp minor on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76 :: Capriccio in F sharp minor, Op. 76/8
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76 :: Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76/2
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76 :: Intermezzo in A major, Op. 76/6
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10 :: in D minor, Op. 10/1
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Thema. Non troppo presto -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 1. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 2. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 3. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 4. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 5. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 6. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 7. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 8. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 9. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 10. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 11. Andante -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 12. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 13. () -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Variation 14. Allegro -
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini in A minor, Op. 35, Book 1 :: Presto, ma non troppo
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (12/15/2014-12/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863