A Musical Path All His Own

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

On this week’s Reflections From the Keyboard, host David Dubal concludes his series on the third of the “Three B’s,” Johannes Brahms, the classic romantic. Unlike his contemporaries in the so-called “New German School,” Brahms preferred to write absolute music without any programmatic content whatsoever. Brahms forged a musical path all his own, although steeped in the classical traditions of Haydn and Beethoven.

We finish this four-part series with nothing but the best of Brahms. The program includes several works played by pianist Julius Katchen, who once performed the entirety of Brahms’s piano output in four successive nights.

Program playlist (all by Johannes Brahms):

Intermezzo op. 117, no. 1
Radu Lupu, piano
The Decca Record Company Limited

Hungarian Dance no. 5
Julius Katchen, piano

Capriccio in F sharp minor op. 76, no. 1 
Wilhelm Kempf, piano

Hungarian Dance no. 4
Julius Katchen, piano

Andante- Piu Adagio Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat op. 83
Emils Gilels, piano

Intermezzo op. 76, no. 4
Carl Friedberg, piano

Ballad in G minor op. 118, no. 2
Wilhelm Bachhaus, piano
TIM The International Music Company

Intermezzo in E Flat Minor op. 118, no. 6
Wilhelm Kempf, piano

Hungarian Dance no. 1
Julius Katchen, piano

Intermezzo op. 119, no. 3
Ilona Eibenschitz, piano

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