Barry Douglas – Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Barry Douglas
Title: Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:22:40
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Chandos Records
Source: https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010857

This is Volume 4 in Barry Douglas’s monumental project to record the complete works for solo piano by Johannes Brahms. Each volume has been released to critical acclaim, the first one, in 2012, being seen by BBC Music as ‘a triumph of Brahmsian thought, with playing that gets right to the heart of the composer’.

Once again, the album is presented as a stand-alone recital, prominently featuring the C major Sonata, which was Brahms’s first published work. The influence on Brahms of his early romantic predecessors Beethoven and Schubert is obvious here, not only in the virtuoso demands on the performer but also in the opening, which recalls both Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata, Op. 106 and Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy.

Two other works are much more than simple sets of variations. The Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann highlight the close relationship of Brahms with Schumann and his wife, Clara, to whom the work is dedicated ‘with intimate reverence’, and demonstrate Brahms’s skill at ‘thematic actualisation’, whereby latent potentialities of a theme are gradually revealed throughout the variation process. In the Variations on a Theme by Niccol Paganini — the first of two books originally published in 1866 as ‘Keyboard Studies’ — each variation explores a distinct figural pattern or keyboard technique.

The recording also features short keyboard character pieces, abundant in the second half of the nineteenth century and especially in Brahms’s later years.

Tracklist:

  1. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro – 11:00
  2. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1: II. Andante (nach einem altdeutschen Minneliede) – 5:26
  3. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto e con fuoco – 5:43
  4. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1: IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco – 6:31
  5. 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117: 3 Intermezzos, Op. 117: No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor – 5:20
  6. 4 Piano Pieces, Op. 119: No. 2. Intermezzo in E Minor – 4:37
  7. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Theme – 1:15
  8. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 1 – 1:10
  9. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 2 – 0:24
  10. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 3 – 1:00
  11. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 4 – 0:42
  12. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 5 – 0:54
  13. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 6 – 0:53
  14. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 7 – 0:44
  15. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 8 – 1:13
  16. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 9 – 0:33
  17. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 10 – 1:23
  18. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 11 – 0:33
  19. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 12 – 0:42
  20. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 13 – 0:43
  21. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 14 – 1:10
  22. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 15 – 1:17
  23. Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9: Variation 16 – 1:40
  24. 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 1. Capriccio in F-Sharp Minor – 3:26
  25. 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 2. Capriccio in B Minor – 3:21
  26. 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 6. Intermezzo in A Major – 3:29
  27. 4 Ballades, Op. 10: No. 1 in D Minor, ‘Edward’ – 4:44
  28. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Theme – 0:27
  29. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 1 – 0:32
  30. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 2 – 0:34
  31. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 3 – 0:32
  32. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 4 – 0:55
  33. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 5 – 0:43
  34. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 6 – 0:29
  35. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 7 – 0:29
  36. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 8 – 0:32
  37. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 9 – 1:26
  38. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 10 – 1:12
  39. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 11 – 1:22
  40. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 12 – 0:57
  41. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 13 – 0:36
  42. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 14: Allegro – 1:21
  43. 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1: Variation 14: Presto, ma non troppo – 0:58

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