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Brahms: Piano Works / Freire


Release Date: 08/25/2017 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002707502  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 a
Read 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.

– Guardian (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
2.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 3, Intermezzo in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
3.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 4, Intermezzo in B flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
4.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 1, Capriccio in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
5.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 4, Intermezzo in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
6.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 2 in B flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
7.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 2, Intermezzo in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
8.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 3, Ballade in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
9.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
10.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 

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