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7 Dec 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 24 Aug 2007
  • Release Date: 24 Aug 2007
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 41:50
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  • ASIN: B002ABD4E6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,775 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 July 2009
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If you are a big fan of Brahms and you want a faithful and enjoyable interpretation of these works then look elsewhere. There are plenty of other pianists which do a better job for example Kovachevich. Like Gould's Mozart interpretations, these Brahms recordings come across to me as self-indulgent and laboured. In some of the slower readings I found myself willing him on to play a little faster and not to lose the sense of phrasing and where the music is going. It sometimes feels like a collection of loosely connected chords as opposed to flowing intermezzi. I admire Gould for his Bach interpretations and have quite a few on CD, but I regret getting into his Brahms and other CDs where he has done Mozart or Wagner. Sorry, not for me. at least the price isn't high so it shouldn't feel like too much of a waste of money if you feel adventurous. Listen to the samples on amazon mp3 site however, before you commit a purchase the CD or full mp3 tracks.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov 2008
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Glenn Gould plays Brahms Intermezzi with exquisite delicacy and poise, if not with right tempo in some of the pieces. As usual you can hear more of left hand part, which is just right for capturing the thick harmony in Brahms' piano music. Highly recommendable alongside GG's Strauss recording R. Strauss - Lieder & Piano Works.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful late-Brahms... 27 Sep 2007
By B.E.F. - Published on Amazon.com
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Gould extracted all the Intermezzi from Brahms' late piano sets Opp. 76, 116, 117, 118, & 119, and recorded them in 1960.

Again, there are some fine readings out there, but no one really gets it like Gould does: the philosophical depth of cognizance; the inner voicings; the profound sorrow yet with clarity of acceptance.

Disc time :43mins.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best music, the best recording. 22 Dec 2013
By Richard Max Hurst - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording is among the finest, most sensitive and intelligent interpretation of these intimate, profound pieces ever recorded. The best piano music Brahms ever wrote in my opinion. I am a concert pianist and consider that these works represent some of the most beautiful music for piano that has ever been written.
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Sexy Brahms 28 April 2014
By Bahij Bawarshi - Published on Amazon.com
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If the title suggests that I am being flippant, I am not. It refers to what Glenn Gould said of this recording: "It's the sexiest interpretation of Brahms's Intermezzi you've ever heard - and I really think it is perhaps the best piano playing I have done. You know what an incurable romantic I am anyway." It is difficult to add to Gould's succinct evaluation of his achievement except for some personal observations. If Gould was the romantic he claimed to be, then the Brahms intermezzi must have been perfectly suited to his temperament as well as his pianistic talent; for these are undeniably fine renditions of romantic music. Brahms's late solo piano works are among his best compositions. Gould luxuriates in the music, and is fully aware of the pieces' emotional inflections. Just listen to the way he plays the despairing last notes of Op. 117/2, or to the outburst of white-hot passion in the middle of Op. 119/6. The start of Op. 116/4 reminds me of Scriabin. I would have loved to have a whole disc of Gould playing a selection of Scriabin's marvelous works, for it seems to me he would have interpreted them brilliantly. (As far as I know, he has recorded only a few, to be found among other pieces on various CDs.) Back to Brahms, Gould has kept the best for last. Intermezzo Op. 118/2 is as great a romantic brief work for the piano as Brahms (or anyone else) has composed, and Gould's take on it is sheer delight: with soft touch and fluid phrasing he paints an exemplar of quiet beauty. Overall, what we have in the 10 intermezzi is a surprisingly different Glenn Gould from the Bach-playing icon - but then they are a different kind of music. My only grievance is the disc's mere 42 minutes playing time, always leaving me wanting more.
very beautiful and surprisingly sympathetic 12 July 2014
By Arthur J. Keeler - Published on Amazon.com
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very beautiful and surprisingly sympathetic, idiomatic Brahms from the inscrutable Glen Gould, wanting only a further degree of inner emotional intensity.
I may have been spoiled... 10 Jan 2014
By Brandon Matuja - Published on Amazon.com
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... by having heard Chris Breemer's excellent free recordings of the great Opus 117 ("Three Intermezzi") on the generous and admirable [...] website, but I cannot help but feel that Gould's performances of the same are not as good as those! And I am a great Glenn Gould fan! I consider him as the greatest pianist of the twentieth century. His style and execution -- very little there, except for the notes themselves in all their purity, and (perhaps) Glenn Gould more or less successfully attempting to keep his own personality or preferences out of the way -- appeal to me greatly. Maybe it's because I'm mildly autistic, and so (probably) was he? He, more than any other pianist I've heard, gives each little note of the music all that he can give it, giving equal weight and love to every tone and key. This all being said, however, I have to admit that I HAVE heard better performances of Brahms' Intermezzi, than on this present release! (Such as the aforementioned Chris Breemer's powerful performances of Opus 117, as I said.) These recordings, sadly, struck me mostly as lukewarm and inferior, compared to other Gould recordings, and compared to other Brahms recordings. [I gave this CD three stars instead of two, simply because this is GLENN GOULD -- whose worst is still better than many people's best -- and because Brahms's Opus 117 (one of Classical Music's greatest accomplishments) is found here.]
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