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Brahms: Ballades, Rhapsodies, Intermezzi / Glenn Gould

Gould,Glenn
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 541290  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Glenn Gould. CBS M3K 42107 [10 Intermezzi, Op. 76, Nos. 6, 7; Op. 79, No. 1; 116, No. 4; Op. 117, Nos. 1-3; Op. 118, Nos. 1, 2, 6. “The Glenn Gould Legacy, Vol. 3,” with other works by Grieg, Sibelius, Strauss, and Wagner; 3 CDs]

Glenn Gould’s accounts of these pieces, recorded in 1960, are among the most affecting statements he made, and well worth having. He manages to balance the music on the edge of an almost unbearable emotional intensity without becoming larmoyant or dipping into salon sentimentality. The result is downright disturbing and depressing. But few pianists have achieved such extraordinary distillations of Brahms’s late style as Gould does here, conveying painful passion held in check, peering into the
Read more counterpoint, yet maintaining an overall fluidity within profound emotional stasis. The recording is very present. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballades (4) for Piano, Op. 10 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1982 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 29 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Austria 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 12 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 6, Intermezzo in E flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/29/1960 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 4, Intermezzo in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1960 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 7, Intermezzo in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1960 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 6, Intermezzo in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1960 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 1, Intermezzo in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1960 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 1, Intermezzo in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/23/1960 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
9.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 2, Intermezzo in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/30/1960 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
10.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/29/1960 
Venue:  30th Street Studio, New York City 

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