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Brahms: Klavierstücke, Rhapsodien, Walzer / Mikhail Rudy


Release Date: 02/16/1993 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54233   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To judge from this programme, Mikhail Rudy is well attuned to Brahms. He brings depth and colour to the Klavierstucke of Op. 76, with each of the eight pieces fully characterized, not least in the critically important areas of texture, dynamics and pedalling, and in this he is helped by a fine instrument and an excellent recording made in the Salle Wagram in Paris, which I have noted recently as a successful venue in other piano discs. Thus the wry humour of the B minor Capriccio comes over attractively, and the A minor Intermezzo rightly manages to be both simple and elusive. Having so far offered only praise, I must add that I like more gentleness in the A major Intermezzo (marked sanft bewegt), while the C sharp minor Capriccio begins Read more strongly for poco forte and is more violent than usual in its marked tempo variations. Nevertheless, this is fine Brahms performance and all of a piece, and it adds to my admiration for this artist, whose career deserves to be followed with interest by lovers of pianistic accomplishment coupled with imaginative insight.

The two Rhapsodies are easier to bring off interpretatively than the shorter pieces of Op. 76, but that does not mean that Rudy is less impressive here, for he effortlessly encompasses their blend of power and poetry. The G minor, taken faster than usual (most pianists gratefully take notice of Brahms's marking non troppo allegro), has splendid drive and spontaneity. As for the Waltzes, this chain of 16 pieces is presented with panache, affection and wit. Rudy's use of rubato (as in No. 9 in D minor and the famous A flat major, No. 15) is also idiomatic. Repeats are never routine, but usually subtly reveal something new about the music, while the frequent difficulty of the piano writing presents no more than an agreeable challenge to this gifted artist.

-- Gramophone [5/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 19 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
2.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 1, Capriccio in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 2, Capriccio in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 3, Intermezzo in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 4, Intermezzo in B flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 5, Capriccio in C sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 6, Intermezzo in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 7, Intermezzo in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
9.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 8, Capriccio in C major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
10.
Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79: no 1 in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
11.
Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79: no 2 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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