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Piano For Relaxation - Brahms, Chopin, Fauré, Et Al / Oppitz


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 63674   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsFrédéric ChopinGabriel FauréEdvard Grieg,   ... 
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The "For Relaxation" series from RCA Victor offers music that, as the title suggests, creates an atmosphere of calm and serenity. Each disc in the series is dedicated to a single composer or instrument and features well known music of a tranquil, gentle nature. However, in addition to the familiar works, there are many pleasant surprises and unexpected selections all brilliantly performed by masters such as James Galway, Julian Bream, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gerhard Oppitz. Each album in the series is expertly programmed to set the appropriate mood of quiet reflection and, with the combination of superb music and exceptional performances, offers a truly pleasurable listening experience.
PIANO FOR RELAXATION offers works for solo piano from
Read more a variety of composers, all eloquently interpreted by Gerhard Oppitz. Edvard Grieg, with five selections including the dreamlike Notturno, is the most prominently featured composer on this compilation. Oppitz gives a graceful account of the Intermezzo in A by Johannes Brahms, also well represented with three additional pieces. The collection is rounded out by Oppitz's sensitive readings of works by Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, and others, including a haunting rendition of Ravel's 'Pavane pour une infante défunte.' Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 1 in E flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
2. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 2, Intermezzo in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
3. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 5, Romance in F major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
4. Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
5. Prelude for Piano in C sharp minor, B 141/Op. 45 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
6. Nocturne for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 36 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1884; France 
7. Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 1, Arietta by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Norway 
8. Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 3, Melody by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
9. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 4, Notturno by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
10. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 5, Phantom by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
11. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
12. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 5 in E major, Andantino by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
13. Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 6, Andante grazioso in A major "Spring Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
14. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
15. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
16. Waldszenen, Op. 82: no 3, Einsame Blumen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 

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