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Brahms: Four Hand Piano Music, Vol. 18 / Matthies, Kohn

Brahms / Matthies / Kohn
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570143   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsJoseph Joachim
Performer:  Silke-Thora MatthiesChristian Kohn
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brahms often produced four-handed piano arrangements of his orchestral, vocal and chamber music, following the practice of the time, which made his works more easily available to the general public. The final volume of this highly acclaimed series features the monumental Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major which Brahms played through with the composer Ignaz Brüll in a two-piano arrangement prior to its première in Pest in 1881. The work’s scale and grandeur were soon internationally admired. Brahms also arranged works by his great friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim, among them the dramatic, sonata-form Overture to Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Op 7. Brahms often produced four-handed piano arrangements of his orchestral, vocal and chamber music, following the practice of the time, which made his works more easily available to the general public. The final volume of this highly acclaimed series features the monumental Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major which Brahms played through with the composer Ignaz Brüll in a two-piano arrangement prior to its première in Pest in 1881. The work’s scale and grandeur were soon internationally admired. Brahms also arranged works by his great friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim, among them the dramatic, sonata-form Overture to Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Op 7. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Silke-Thora Matthies (Piano), Christian Kohn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
2. Heinrich IV, Op. 7 by Joseph Joachim
Performer:  Silke-Thora Matthies (Piano), Christian Kohn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: pub c1855 
Notes: Arrangment: Johannes Brahms 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83 (version for 2 pianos): I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83 (version for 2 pianos): II. Allegro appassionato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83 (version for 2 pianos): III. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83 (version for 2 pianos): IV. Allegretto grazioso
Shakespeare's Heinrich IV (Henry IV), Op. 7 (arr. J. Brahms for 2 pianos)

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