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Brahms: Paganini Variations

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  1. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: I. Thema, non troppo presto $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 2. Variation 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 3. Variation 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 4. Variation 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 5. Variation 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 6. Variation 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 7. Variation 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 8. Variation 7 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 9. Variation 8 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 10. Variation 9 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 11. Variation 10 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 12. Variation 11, andante $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 13. Variation 12 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 14. Variation 13 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: 15. Variation 14, allegro - presto ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 16. Thema $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 17. Variation 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 18. Variation 2, poco animato $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 19. Variation 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 20. Variation 4, poco allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 21. Variation 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 22. Variation 6, poco più vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 23. Variation 7 $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 24. Variation 8, allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 25. Variation 9 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 26. Variation 10, feroce, energico $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 27. Variation 11, vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 28. Variation 12, un poco andante $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 29. Variation 13, un poco più andante $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 2: 30. Variation 14, presto ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Brahms — Consolidations, S. 172: Consolidation No. 3 in D-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Brahms — Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514
  33. Brahms — Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90: Isoldes Liebestod $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Brahms — Danse macabre, Op. 40 $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Brahms — Venezia e Napoli, S. 162: No. 3, Tarantella $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (28) for Piano on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Liszt, Franz : Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110
>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447
>Horowitz, Vladimir : Danse macabre, for piano (after Liszt transcription)
>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli I (3), for piano, S. 159 (LW A53)
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Notes & Reviews:

On his third album for Piano Classics Alexander Gavrylyuk chose works close to his heart, in which his unique gifts may equally shine: his amazing technical mastery and his deep emotional involvement. Never playing for the sake of mere effect, he employs his stupendous virtuosity as a carrier of the musical content, always in service of the dramatic or poetic gesture. Included are the famous Paganini Variations by Brahms (his most virtuosic piano work), and a selection of piano works by Liszt: Mephisto Waltz, Danse macabre, Isolde's Liebestod, Consolation and Tarantella. Gavrylyuk, in his early thirties, plays in the most important venues of the world, with prestigious orchestras and conductors: Concertgebouw Orchestra (4 years in a row!), New York Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, NHK Philharmonic, with conductors like Blomstedt, Jrvi, Jurowski, Vnska, Petrenko, Fedoseyev, Gergiev. His total involvement and devotion make his concerts in events, never failing to bring the audience on their feet. "..a treasure... magical insights..you may think you know this music, but I can assure you, you don't till you've heard this CD.." International Piano Magazine. "The Pictures come to life in bright colours, virtuoso and powerful, with fantasy and passion... the control of the pp and ppp is breathtaking, the fortissimo eruptions are awe commanding..." Luister Magazine. " ..extreme finesse... among the many issues of Mussorgsky's Pictures this is one of the most successful, personal and original.." Classica. "Stunning!..an amazing artist..the most effective and evocative that I've heard of any pianist... " Fanfare. "Alexander Gavrylyuk, pianiste extraterrestre" Tribune de Geneve.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
I consider myself fortunate to have heard this young Ukrainian pianist when he first appeared at the Miami International Piano Festival many years back. Since then he has established an impressive career for himself as a virtuoso, with special attention to the Russian romantics and to Franz Liszt. Gavrylyuk includes both books of the Brahms Variations and gives them the full virtuosic treatment. Gavrylyuk produces his astonishing magic effortlessly. Horowitz could do this; so could Barere, Berman, Hamelin, and a handful of others of the super virtuoso class. Breathtaking pianism, totally exhausting in the best sense of that word, and definitely not to be missed. Great sound and decent notes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (02/08/2015/02/09/2015).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (28) for Piano on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35
  • Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (02/08/2015/02/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1863

>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
  • Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (02/08/2015/02/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110
  • Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (02/08/2015/02/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1856-1861

>Liszt, Franz : Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 :: Schlußszene aus Tristan und Isolde, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 4
  • Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (02/08/2015/02/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Horowitz, Vladimir : Danse macabre, for piano (after Liszt transcription)
  • Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (02/08/2015/02/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli I (3), for piano, S. 159 (LW A53)
  • Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (02/08/2015/02/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840