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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Johannes Brahms Johannes Brahms (Nicku/Shutterstock)

On this week’s Reflections from the Keyboard, host David Dubal takes you once more into the piano music of Johannes Brahms. Dubal explains what happened when Brahms met Liszt and what our classic romantic and his Russian contemporary Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky thought of each other, all while continuing to explore the works of this great musical architect.

Part of Brahms’s magic was his ability to sound timeless across his entire oeuvre. Included on this week's program are the finale to Brahms's Op. 1 piano sonata and his last ever published piano piece, the fourth Op. 119 Rhapsody. The musical maturity of both works is remarkable, especially since they are separated by nearly a lifetime. We’ll also hear two renditions of the famous fifth Hungarian Dance and the Ballade in D Minor.

Program playlist (all by Johannes Brahms):

Scherzo in E-flat minor
Krystian Zimmerman
Philips

Romance in F, Op. 118
Artur Rubinstein
Philips

Hungarian Dance No. 5
Phillipe Entremont
Self-Released

Hungarian Dance No. 5
Julius Katchin
Self-Released

Ballade in D Minor, Op. 10, No. 1 "Edward"
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
DG/Steinway Legends

Rhapsody Op. 119, No. 4
Sviatoslav Richter
Philips

Sonata. Op. 1- Fourth Movement
Sviatoslav Richter
RCA

Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2 in B-Flat Minor
Radu Lupu
Philips

Paganini Variations, Op. 35, Book 1: Theme
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Philips

Paganini Variations, Op. 35, Book 1: Var. 4
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Philips

Paganini Variations, Op. 35, Book 1: Var. 5
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Philips

Paganini Variations, Op. 35, Book 1: Var. 10
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Philips

Paganini Variations, Op. 35, Book 1: Var. 11
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Philips

Paganini Variations, Op. 35, Book 2: Var. 4
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Philips

Paganini Variations, Op. 35, Book 2: Var. 14- Finale
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Philips

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