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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
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]
Works on This Recording
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39 by Johannes Brahms
Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Written: 1865; Austria
Venue: Salle Wagram, Paris
Length: 19 Minutes 9 Secs.
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865)
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