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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Johannes Brahms Johannes Brahms (Nicku/Shutterstock)

This week on Reflections from the Keyboard, host David Dubal begins a new series on the third of the "Three B’s," Johannes Brahms. From humble beginnings, Brahms rose to become one of the musical giants of the 19th century. He developed a personal style rooted in the traditions of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schumann, but with a harmonic language and daring that were uniquely his own.

Brahms’s influence on music is tremendous, perhaps only rivaled by his more radical contemporary, Richard Wagner. Brahms’s attention to detail was that of a master architect and his piano music is no exception. This week's program features works that span Brahms’s entire career, from his Ballades Op. 10, which were published when he was only 23, to the third Op. 119 Intermezzo, his last opus of piano music.

Program playlist (all by Johannes Brahms):

Klavierstucke Op.119 - Intermezzo
Andre Watts
EMI

Sonata No.3 in F minor Op.5, Finale, Allegro moderato ma rubato
Solomon
Testament

Waltz in A flat, Op. 39 No. 15 & Intermezzo in C Op. 119 No. 3
Brahms
Myra Hess
Phillips

Ballade Op. 10 No. 2 in D
Brahms
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Phillips

Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2
Brahms
Wilhelm Kempff
Phillips

Ballade In B, Op. 10 No. 4
Brahms
Artur Rubinstein
Phillips

Valses Op. 39, No.1, No. 2, No. 5, No. 6, No. 10, No. 14, No. 15
Brahms
Dinu Lipatti
EMI

Comments [1]

Hans from Manhattan

A faboluous collection of interpretations. I was particularly impressed by the sense of tempo in Andre Watt and Wilhem Kempff's performances.

Aug. 09 2015 11:12 PM

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