Nelson Freire manages to make the sonata sound deliberate and inevitable despite its rather feverish intensity. The listener has the sense of being drawn into a vortex of complexity as each work seems to explore new structural possibilities. The only possible way you might not like Freire's deeply thought-out, precise performances is if you like your Brahms on the warmer side, but the dispassionate, investigative way he plays is probably the fastest way into these works that really take a lifetime to appreciate. A major Brahms release.
– All Music Guide
The power and technical mastery of Freire’s playing have not changed at all since his first recording of the Brahms Sonata No. 3 fifty years ago, but there is aRead more strikingly greater sense of authority and spaciousness in the new version, an instinctive sense of when to allow the music room to breathe (in the first two movements especially) and when it should move forward more urgently.