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Brahms - Piano Works Vol. 5

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Catalogue numberBIS-2147 SACD
Release date2017-09-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time68:59

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Having opened his survey of Brahms's music for solo piano with the third piano sonata, Jonathan Plowright has saved the composer's Opus 1, Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, for the closing disc in the series. Brahms brought the sonata with him when he went to Düsseldorf in October 1853 in order to meet Robert and Clara Schumann – an encounter which has gone down in music history. It was possibly the C major sonata, with its opening reminiscent of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata, which caused Schumann to liken Brahms to ‘a young eagle’ and a ‘true apostle’.

Very soon after the meeting, Schumann’s mental health began to decline, to the point of him attempting suicide in February 1854. Composed in the same year, Brahms’s Op. 9 Schumann Variations were closely connected with these events and with Robert and Clara. Brahms chose a theme – from Schumann’s collection Bunte Blätter – which Clara herself had composed a set of variations on, and dedicated it to her. Schumann died, hospitalized, in 1856, but Clara and Brahms remained intimate friends and some forty years later, Clara was one of the first persons to whom Brahms showed the newly composed set of Fantasies, Op. 116: ‘wonderfully original’ was her reaction, and later performers and listeners have agreed with her.

Jonathan Plowright has been described as ‘a true and moving poet of the keyboard’ by Gramophone magazine and his Brahms cycle has received critical acclaim, with instalments being singled out in Gramophone (Editor’s Choice), BBC Music Magazine (Instrumental Choice of the Month) and on ClassicsToday.com (‘10/10’).
 
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  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  Piano Sonata No.1 in C major, Op. 1 30:01
01 I. Allegro 11:35 $ 1.74 USD
02 II. Andante 06:01 $ 0.90 USD
03 III. Scherzo. Allegro molto e con fuoco 05:39 $ 0.85 USD
04 IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco 06:46 $ 1.02 USD
 
  Fantasies, Op. 116 20:43
05 I. Capriccio in D minor. Presto energico 02:10 $ 0.33 USD
06 II. Intermezzo in A minor. Andante 03:34 $ 0.54 USD
07 III. Capriccio in G minor. Allegro passionato 03:13 $ 0.48 USD
08 IV. Intermezzo in E major. Adagio 04:23 $ 0.66 USD
09 V. Intermezzo in E minor. Andante con grazia ed intimissimo
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02:04 $ 0.31 USD
10 VI. Intermezzo in E major. Andantino teneramente 03:13 $ 0.48 USD
11 VII. Capriccio in D minor. Allegro agitato 02:06 $ 0.32 USD
 
  Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F sharp minor, Op.9 17:59
12 Thema. Ziemlich langsam 01:12 $ 0.18 USD
13 Variation I. L’istesso tempo 01:05 $ 0.16 USD
14 Variation II. Poco più mosso 00:29 $ 0.07 USD
15 Variation III. Tempo di tema 01:02 $ 0.16 USD
16 Variation IV. Poco più mosso 00:41 $ 0.10 USD
17 Variation V. Allegro capriccioso 00:45 $ 0.11 USD
18 Variation VI. Allegro 00:46 $ 0.12 USD
19 Variation VII. Andante 00:59 $ 0.15 USD
20 Variation VIII. Andante (non troppo lento) 01:18 $ 0.20 USD
21 Variation IX. Schnell 00:30 $ 0.08 USD
22 Variation X. Poco Adagio 02:06 $ 0.32 USD
23 Variation XI. Un poco più animato 00:52 $ 0.13 USD
24 Variation XII. Allegretto, poco scherzando 00:40 $ 0.10 USD
25 Variation XIII. Non troppo Presto 00:30 $ 0.08 USD
26 Variation XIV. Andante 00:55 $ 0.14 USD
27 Variation XV. Poco Adagio 01:48 $ 0.27 USD
28 Variation XVI. Adagio 02:21 $ 0.35 USD
 
  Album total 68:59
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
PianoPlowright, Jonathan

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