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Alexandre Kantorow plays Brahms

Catalogue numberBIS-2600 SACD
Release date2021-12-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time85:16

In 2019, when Alexandre Kantorow, at the age of 22, became the first French pianist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky competition, his programme included no less than three works by Johannes Brahms. Two of these, Piano Sonata No. 2 and the Rhapsody in B minor, he went on to record for release on his previous, highly praised recital disc, which was awarded distinctions such as Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Diapason d’Or, and Choc de Classica. The Brahms interpretations won Kantorow particular praise – the Guardian (UK) described them as ‘magisterial’ while the website ResMusica placed his sonata ‘among the great reference recordings of the piece – if not the modern one.’

There is much to look forward to, then, when Kantorow releases an all-Brahms album with a playing time of no less than 85 minutes. He opens with music by a composer of a similar age as himself: Brahms wrote the Four Ballades in 1854 while only 21 years old, taking up a fashionable genre introduced by Chopin as late as 1840. The set is followed by the even earlier Sonata No. 3 in E minor which forms the centre of the programme. The sonata is of almost symphonic dimensions and it was indeed, along with its predecessors, famously described as a disguised symphony by no one less than Robert Schumann. To bring this stormy, impassioned album to a close, Kantorow has chosen a later, and contrasting work: With a lifelong admiration for Bach, Brahms in 1879 made a piano arrangement, for the left hand alone, of the iconic Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for solo violin – a composition that Brahms himself described as ‘a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful impressions’.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  Ballades, Op. 10 25:39
01 I. Andante - Poco più moto - Allegro (ma non troppo) -
Tempo I
05:38 $ 1.39 USD
02 II. Andante - Allegro non troppo - Tempo I 06:54 $ 1.66 USD
03 III. Intermezzo 04:42 $ 1.14 USD
04 IV. Andante con moto - Più lento - Tempo I - Adagio 08:25 $ 2.02 USD
  Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 40:39
05 I. Allegro maestoso 12:15 $ 2.94 USD
06 II. Andante espressivo 11:20 $ 2.74 USD
07 III. Scherzo 05:08 $ 1.26 USD
08 IV. Intermezzo (Rückblick) 03:43 $ 0.90 USD
09 V. Finale 08:13 $ 2.01 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  from Partita No. 2 for solo violin
10 Chaconne, arranged for the left hand 17:45 $ 4.39 USD
  Album total 85:16
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Brahms, Johannes
PianoKantorow, Alexandre
ArrangerBrahms, Johannes

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