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Brahms: Four Hand Piano Music Vol 4 / Matthies, Köhn


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553726   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christian KöhnSilke-Thora Matthies
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the late 1850s, Brahms was doing a number of things involving symphonies and pianos. He was having a heck of a time getting his first symphony to fly, and while working on a D minor sonata for 2 pianos, he decided to turn that work into a symphony. However, finding the pianistic ideas intractable, he ended up with his Piano Concerto No. 1. A few years later, he embarked on a multi-movement "symphony serenade" for small orchestra, which was published in 1860 as the Serenade No. 1 in D major, along with its companion, No. 2 in A major.
Despite the initial notion that these might be proto-symphonies, they are relaxed, genial works, well suited to the name "serenade." Brahms also published them in four-hand piano scores, an arrangement to
Read more which they adapt quite nicely. They sound wonderfully fresh here, given invigorating performances by the German piano team of Silke-Thora Matthies and Christian Kohn. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Serenade no 1 in D major, Op. 11 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christian Köhn (Piano), Silke-Thora Matthies (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Sandhausen 
Length: 45 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms 
2. Serenade no 2 in A major, Op. 16 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christian Köhn (Piano), Silke-Thora Matthies (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Sandhausen 
Length: 30 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms 

Sound Samples

Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (arr. piano 4-hands): I. Allegro molto
Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (arr. piano 4-hands): II. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo
Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (arr. piano 4-hands): III. Adagio non troppo
Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (arr. piano 4-hands): IV. Minuetto I & II
Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (arr. piano 4-hands): V. Scherzo: Allegro
Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (arr. piano 4-hands): VI. Rondo: Allegro
Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16 (arr. piano 4-hands): I. Allegro moderato
Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16 (arr. piano 4-hands): II. Scherzo: Vivace
Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16 (arr. piano 4-hands): III. Adagio no troppo
Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16 (arr. piano 4-hands): IV. Quas menuetto
Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16 (arr. piano 4-hands): V. Rondo: Allegro

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