Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2 / Ballades, Intermezzi et al. / Barry Douglas, piano

> 4 Ballades, Op. 10 - No. 2 in D major
> 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118 - 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 3. Ballade in G minor
> 3 Intermezzos, Op. 117 - 3 Intermezzos, Op. 117: No. 2 in B flat minor
> 4 Piano Pieces, Op. 119 - 4 Piano Pieces, Op. 119: No. 4. Rhapsody in E flat major
> 7 Fantasien, Op. 116 - No. 2. Intermezzo in A minor
> 7 Fantasien, Op. 116 - No. 6. Intermezzo in E major
> 4 Ballades, Op. 10 - No. 3 in B minor
> Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5  - I. Allegro maestoso
> Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5  - II. Andante espressivo
> Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5  - III. Scherzo: Allegro energico
> Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5  - IV. Intermezzo (Ruckblick): Andante molto
> Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5  - V. Finale: Allegro moderato ma rubato

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
>Brahms, Johannes : Ballade for piano in B minor, Op. 10/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5
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Notes & Reviews:

The acclaimed pianist Barry Douglas presents Volume 2 of his series devoted to solo piano works by Johannes Brahms. The wide breadth of repertoire encompasses works from Brahms' early twenties to some of his final piano compositions and showcases Douglas' immense musicality and technical acumen. Simply top-rate performances of Brahms.

The Observer, 31st March 2013
Douglas is particularly successful with [the] B minor Ballade, and in the Sonata No 3 Op 5 written around the same time. There's a tendency towards heaviness in the Ballade Op 10 No 2, but the Intermezzi (Op 116 Nos 2 and 6, Op 117 no 2) and the Rhapsody Op 119 no 4 are handled with skill, perception and dignity.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Douglas superbly draws out the contrasts within each piece, bringing out their individual character, but the two ends of the Brahms life spectrum...seem perhaps closer than is entirely comfortable. Yet Douglas's pianism is as rewarding as before: his tone is a deep velvet cushion, the legatos full of affection and the rhythms galvanised with great energy.

MusicWeb International, 17th June 2013
This is another very fine Brahms recital from Barry Douglas. He seems to me to have the measure of the music, whether Brahms is in robust or autumnal mood, and it goes without saying that he has the full technical range to enable him to master the pianistic challenges as well as the interpretative ones.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
I was sufficiently impressed with this recording. The sound is wonderfully warm and seductive. There is also no turgidity to the playing. I quote from the notes. "This recording project is a fabulous chance for me to explore again and again this great composer at the piano. I treasure every phrase. I love every note." That love is amply conveyed by the pianist's remarkably tender phrasing, by the natural flow he imparts to every piece, and by his immaculate use of the pedal. Sonata 3 has had many fine performances, and this is certainly one of the best. I certainly find great satisfaction in Douglas. In performance, Douglas follows the turbulence of I with a most soulful Andante and exciting Scherzo. Following his probing Intermezzo, the finale grabs one with its almost Lisztian virtuosity. My comparisons were Ax, Curzon, Giraud, Katchen, Kissin, Rittner, Rubinstein, and two mystery (to you) choices. I look forward to eventually hearing them from Douglas.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (09/12/2012-09/13/2012).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10 :: in D major, Op. 10/2
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (09/12/2012-09/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118 :: Ballade, Op. 118/3
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (09/12/2012-09/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (09/12/2012-09/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (09/12/2012-09/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (09/12/2012-09/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (09/12/2012-09/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Ballade for piano in B minor, Op. 10/3
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (09/12/2012-09/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5
  • Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (09/12/2012-09/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853