℗ 2014 Chandos
 

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 3

Barry Douglas

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16 Waltzes, Op. 39  
1
No. 1 in B Major. Tempo Giusto -
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
0:50
2
No. 2 in E Major
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:17
3
No. 3 in G-Sharp Minor
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:05
4
No. 4 in E Minor. Poco Sostenuto -
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:31
5
No. 5 in E Major. Grazioso -
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:10
6
No. 6 in C-Sharp Major. Vivace-
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:03
7
No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor. Poco più Andante -
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:57
8
No. 8 in B-Flat Major
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:23
9
No. 9 in D Minor
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:10
10
No. 10. in G Major
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
0:34
11
No. 11 in B Minor
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:31
12
No. 12 in E Major
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:24
13
No. 13 in B Major
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
0:35
14
No. 14 in G-Sharp Minor
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:20
15
No. 15 in A-Flat Major
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:33
16
No. 16 in C-Sharp Minor
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:21
17
Theme with Variations in D Minor, Op. 18b
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
10:57
4 Piano Pieces, Op. 119  
18
No. 1, Intermezzo in B Minor. Adagio
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
3:00
19
No. 3, Intermezzo in C Major. Grazioso e giocoso
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
1:51
7 Fantasien, Op. 116  
20
No. 5, Intermezzo in E Minor. Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
3:10
Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2  
21
I. Allegro non troppo, ma energico – Più mosso
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
6:12
22
II. Andante con espressione – Largo – Tempo I –
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
6:19
23
III. Scherzo. Allegro – Trio. Poco più moderato – Tempo I – Più moderato – Tempo I
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
3:58
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IV. Finale. Introduzione. Sostenuto – Allegro non troppo e rubato – Animato – Poco sostenuto – Molto sostenuto
Johannes Brahms; Barry Douglas
12:04
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:15
"... Douglas is a fine and authoritative guide to Brahms’s music and I’ve enjoyed this latest volume just as much as the previous releases. The music is wonderful and Douglas is a compelling advocate for it. The recorded sound is very pleasing."
- MusicWeb International

"... outstandingly recorded and presented, this is a fine addition to Brahms, to music which in such hands leaves you a different person ... I can only wonder at his Brahms, which is superbly masterful in technique and musicianship ... you hear an unfaltering commitment to exclusively musical matters and the results are as moving as they are exemplary."
- Gramophone

Barry Douglas presents the highly anticipated third volume in his series devoted to Brahms’s solo piano music, the first two albums having been met with widespread critical acclaim. The selected intermezzi performed here come from the collections of short piano pieces; Brahms's last works for piano. Those are contrasted with his early Piano Sonata No. 2, full of a youthful, strident energy. Brahms’s set of 16 waltzes were originally conceived for piano four hands and were arranged by popular demand for solo piano soon after. They capture the sense of joyful abandon often associated with the genre but their romanticism and nostalgia are uniquely Brahmsian.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge; 31 March and 1 April 2014
Recording producer: Ralph Couzens
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Editor: Rachel Smith
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Front cover Photograph of Barry Douglas by Eugene Langan
Design and typesetting: Cap & Anchor Design Co.
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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