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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 6 / Barry Douglas, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Transcription for piano of the Rákóczy March, Anh. 3/10 (fragment)
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118
>Brahms, Johannes : Canon for piano in F minor, Anh. 3/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Gigues (2) for piano, WoO posth. 4
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76
>Brahms, Johannes : Gavotte for piano in A major (after Gluck
>Brahms, Johannes : Studies, Anh. 1a/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in D minor, WoO 1/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in F minor, WoO 1/4
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in D flat major, WoO 1/6
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A major, WoO 1/7
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A minor, WoO 1/8
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in E minor, WoO 1/9
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in E major, WoO 1/10
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Notes & Reviews:

This new release from pianist Barry Douglas is the sixth and final volume in his exploration of Brahms's output for solo piano. BBC Music writes of this series, "Douglas's tone is a deep velvet cushion, the legatos full of affection and the rhythms galvanized with great energy." This unique collection of works shows Brahms not only as a composer, but also an arranger, pedagogue, historicist, virtuoso, and pianist. Barry Douglas hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has won numerous awards all over the globe, including an appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and the gold medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
Douglas's hefty, full-bodied sound, built from the bottom up, befits the mellow power of Brahms's sound world... in the dark E flat minor Op 118 Intermezzo, most pianists focus attention on the right-hand melody and treat the rumbling left-hand lines as muted filigree. Douglas, however, does almost the exact opposite, and the effect is revelatory.

Sunday Times, 3rd July 2016
This final stage of Douglas's Brahms survey offers an engaging, always surprising sequence of short (with one exception) and often fugitive pieces...at the end, as if a salutary chastening after the fun, his left-hand-only transcription of Bach's great D minor violin Chaconne. But, of course, it proves the most engrossing item of all.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (01/20/2016/01/21/2016).



Reviews

A Fitting Conclusion
This is the 6th and final volume of Brahms Piano works as realized by Barry Douglas. The material on this disc is drawn from one of the composerís earliest keyboard compositions to a work written 4 four years prior to his death. The selections range from popular chestnuts to acknowledged masterworks to works infrequently encountered and finally, a couple of genuine rarities. The works are sequenced such as one may experience them on a recital devoted to the composer. The playing is of a consistently high order. Mr. Douglas is keenly responsive to the arc and flow of each piece. Tempi, phrasing and dynamics are well judged. Complex passages and rhythms are meticulously clarified. Arguably, some pianists have approached this repertoire with greater passion. Still, this is a generous and varied collection, masterfully performed and realistically recorded by Chandos. The booklet notes are unusually well written and informative. A fitting conclusion to a distinguished cycle.
Submitted on 10/14/16 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Transcription for piano of the Rákóczy March, Anh. 3/10 (fragment)
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118 :: Intermezzo, Op. 118/6
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Canon for piano in F minor, Anh. 3/2
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Brahms, Johannes : Gigues (2) for piano, WoO posth. 4
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1855

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76 :: Capriccio in C sharp minor, Op. 76/8
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76 :: Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 76/7
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76 :: Capriccio in C major, Op. 76/8
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Gavotte for piano in A major (after Gluck :: Iphigenie en Aulide), Anh. 1a/2
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Studies, Anh. 1a/1 :: Study no 1 Étude after Fr. Chopin in F minor
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Brahms, Johannes : Studies, Anh. 1a/1 :: Study no 2 Rondo after C.M. von Weber in C major
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Brahms, Johannes : Studies, Anh. 1a/1 :: Study no 3 Presto after J.S. Bach in G minor
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in D minor, WoO 1/2
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in F minor, WoO 1/4
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in D flat major, WoO 1/6
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A major, WoO 1/7
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A minor, WoO 1/8
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in E minor, WoO 1/9
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in E major, WoO 1/10
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Studies, Anh. 1a/1 :: Study no 5 Chaconne by J.S. Bach in D minor
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869