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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Variations, Op. 21 No.2; Piano Pieces, Op. 76 & 118; Waltzes, Op. 39 / Jonathan Plowright, piano

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  1. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Theme $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 7 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 8 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 9 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 10 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 11 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 12 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Var. 13 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Brahms — 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Allegro (Il doppio movimento) - Tempo I [Più animato] $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Brahms — 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 1, Capriccio in F-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Brahms — 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 2, Capriccio in B Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Brahms — 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 3, Intermezzo in A-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Brahms — 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 4, Intermezzo in B-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Brahms — 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 5, Capriccio in C-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Brahms — 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 6, Intermezzo in A Major $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Brahms — 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 7, Intermezzo in A Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Brahms — 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 8, Capriccio in C Major $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 1 in B Major $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 2 in E Major $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 3 in G-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 4 in E Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 5 in E Major $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 6 in C-Sharp Major $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 8 in B-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 9 in D Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 10, in G Major $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 11 in B Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 12 in E Major $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 13 in B Major $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 14 in G-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 15 in A-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Brahms — 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 16 in C-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Brahms — 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 1, Intermezzo in A Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Brahms — 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 2, Intermezzo in A Major $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Brahms — 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 3, Ballade in G Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Brahms — 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 4, Intermezzo in F Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Brahms — 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 5, Romanze in F Major $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Brahms — 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 6, Intermezzo in E-Flat Minor $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (13) for Piano on a Hungarian Dance, Op. 21
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 76
>Brahms, Johannes : Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
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Notes & Reviews:

Critical acclaim for Jonathan Plowright's two previous discs in his series of Brahms's works for solo piano includes distinctions such as '10/10' on the website Classics Today and top marks in Diapason as well as 'Instrumental Choice of the Month' in BBC Music Magazine. On his third disc Plowright presents the listener with two seemingly contradictory aspects of Johannes Brahms: the deeply serious, emotionally charged, but also meticulously constructed late Piano Pieces of Op. 118 and their precursor Op. 76 appear side by side with the unapologetic extroversion and scintillating verve of most (if not all) of the 16 Waltzes Op. 39, and the flamboyant Variations on a Hungarian Melody. Brahms's fascination with Hungarian gypsy music stemmed from his friendship with the violinist Eduard Reményi, and found an outlet in several works, among which the Hungarian Dances are probably the most famous. The composer was also a friend and admirer of Johann Strauss II, and in his Op. 39 trespassed - with great success - into the domains of Vienna's 'Waltz King'. It is tempting to think that Brahms early experience as a pianist in taverns and restaurants induced him to compose this sophisticated light music, but there were also commercial reasons: he composed the waltzes for piano four hands and subsequently made no less than two arrangements for solo piano of the entire set.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
Plowright's complete Brahms piano music for BIS... has now reached Vol 3, with all its intelligence, subtlety and power in full blossom... [these] sound totally fresh, as though a fully formed, cultured musician, unencumbered by conventional approaches or received wisdom, took up these scores for the first time in maturity. The results are often unexpected, yet always apt and never less than convincing... I have a feeling this is going to be the benchmark Brahms survey for some time to come.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
This third volume in Jonathan Plowright's series of recordings of Brahms's piano works lives up to the high promise of the first two.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (01/2015).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (13) for Piano on a Hungarian Dance, Op. 21
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 76
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871-1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1865

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892