Notes and Editorial Reviews
This album is the third in a series of recordings of the solo piano works of
Brahms by pianist
Jonathan Plowright. His two previous discs in this series gained critical acclaim, including Instrumental Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine. This recording includes the deeply emotional Piano Pieces Op. 76 and Op. 118, 16 Waltzes Op. 39, and the extravagant Variations on a Hungarian Melody. Variations on a Hungarian Melody is one of Brahms’ most intriguing and famous works. The piece is inspired by the composer’s captivation with Hungarian gypsy music, as well as his friendship with Eduard Remenyi, a popular violinist of Brahms’ day.
Plowright’s complete Brahms piano music for BIS has now reached Vol 3, with all its intelligence, subtlety and power in full blossom. These sound totally fresh, as though a fully formed, cultured musician, unencumbered by conventional approaches or received wisdom, took up these scores for the first time in maturity. The results are often unexpected, yet always apt and never less than convincing. I have a feeling this is going to be the benchmark Brahms survey for some time to come.
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Works on This Recording
Featured Sound Samples
13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2: Theme
8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 4, Intermezzo in B-Flat Major
6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 3, Ballade in G Minor
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