Brahms: Late Piano Works (CD)

Hyperion
$29.99
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SKU:
CDA68226
Artist:
Garrick Ohlsson

Brahms announced his retirement from composing on more than one occasion, but these are among the last solo pieces he wrote for piano. By contrast, the Op 4 scherzo is the work of an eighteen-year-old, and the earliest he approved for publication.

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Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine

"Ohlsson leaves the best till last. The Op. 4 Scherzo, written when Brahms was just 18, has a driving excitement, a febrile quality that is thrilling. And, with his easy brand of virtuosity, he sounds right at home here…Ohlsson is very naturally recorded too."

Sunday Times

"To hear them unfolded as beautifully as they are here is invigorating, insightful and a joy."

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Tracklisting:

Brahms:

  • Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116
  • Intermezzi (3), Op. 117
  • Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118
  • Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4

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The Classical Music Collector:

Legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson turns his attention once again to Brahms, this time the very late works. Entitled Clavierstücke, Fantasias, and Intermezzos, these works possess a quiet sense of introspection, rarely even raising their voice.  With his trademark attention to detail and intensely romantic approach, Ohlsson gives these works a luminous intensity that lingers in the imagination. Perhaps uneasy with leaving us so entranced, he completes the recital with a brief Scherzo, written when Brahms was only 18, bringing us back to earth with the most genial of touches.

- Chris Dench