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Brahms - Four Hand Piano Music, Vol 15 CD

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  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000EBEGY6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): I. Allegro con brio12:27Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): II. Andante 8:32Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): III. Un poco allegretto 5:430.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): IV. Allegro 8:09Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): I. Allegro non assai13:01Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): II. Andante moderato11:32Album Only
Listen  7. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): III. Presto giocoso 5:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): IV. Allegro energico e passionato10:00Album Only

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2008
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I have several versions of Brahms symphonies in their usual orchestral version; I thought I'd try this two piano, four hands, version after liking other CDs in this enthralling Naxos series.

Quite beyond my expectations, this is an absolute gem of a CD! The terrific duo of Matthies and Kohn breath new detail and life into these familiar works. Although you don't, of course, benefit from the diverse soundscape of an orchestra, you can pick up certain nuances that can get a little lost in the noise. The allegro of the third symphony is a case in point where Brahms mastery of counterpoint and, well, sound engineering, is brought to the fore.

The fourth symphony comes off particulary well in this piano version.

Highly recommended for all piano enthusiasts and Brahmsians.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Two powerhouse symphonies - one exhilarating performance 14 Mar 2007
By Hexameron - Published on
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As usual, Matthies and Kohn have managed to make another excellent volume in the Naxos's Brahms Four Hand Piano Music series. Their one piano, four hands rendition of the symphonies found on Vol. 6, 7 and 8 are gigantic accomplishments by themselves. But these two piano versions are incredibly symphonic in sound with the doubling of piano registers. Having been so familiar with the one piano version, many differences of phrasing and tempo are noticeable to my ears. While most of these differences were good, one may also nitpick with a few.

Overall, the two piano version of the Third Symphony is played with an identical interpretation as the one piano version. But in these two piano arrangements, Brahms bulks up the textures, allows each piano the freedom to work separately on sonorous effects and thus highlights on some of the nuances not heard in the one piano version. The first movement is a success; I would rate it superior to the one piano version with its raw power and orchestral heaviness which a pair of pianos can surprisingly emulate so well. The Andante and the Un poco allegretto are also passionately expressed; the inner voices of these tender melodies are clearly accentuated in this two piano version. In the last movement, the piano duo breaks through with herculean strength and merciless volition. Two pianos seems so much better than one here.

My only disappointment lies in the delivery of the main theme in the Fourth Symphony's first movement. For some reason, the guttural bass harmony that capitalizes on parts of the theme seems lighter here. In the one piano version, the duo was much more inclined to allow those deep chords to echo longer, like an abyssal pulse. It's a minor gripe when the rest of the movement is so sensationally played and articulated. And despite my little nitpicking, the rest of the symphony is executed with jaw-dropping virtuosity. Most notable is the robust last movement: the sinister opening is wonderfully rich and dark through the timbres of two pianos.

Bottom line: While I think it's vital to explore the one piano versions of these symphonies, Matthies' and Kohn's two piano rendition is on another plane. By the sheer force of two pianos, Brahms's grandiose and noble ideas are unfurled with fantastic results.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The TWO-PIANO versions of Brahms's Symphonies No. 3 & 4 13 April 2006
By J Scott Morrison - Published on
Format: Audio CD
From the notes by Leon Botstein for a concert devoted to two-piano and piano four-hand versions of orchestral classics: "Brahms's first presentation of the Fourth Symphony in this two-piano version was to a group of his close friends, whose judgment of the merits of the symphony was based on the piano version rather than on the orchestral realization. It therefore comes as no surprise that the symphonies by Brahms's rival Bruckner were heard in concert form at the Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna also in two-piano versions. In short, piano versions of orchestral music in the late nineteenth century were created not merely for domestic use but also for semi-public, if not public, presentation--for listeners as well as for players." I'm not sure, but I seem to recall that both the Third and Fourth Symphony two-piano versions were premiered by Brahms and Clara Schumann in private performances.

In this CD we hear Brahms's own two-piano versions of the Third and Fourth Symphonies played by the piano duo of Silka-Thora Matthies and Christian Köhn. This is their fifteenth in a series devoted to all of Brahms's own four-hand versions of his works. Indeed, Köhn is in the process of editing these works for B?renreiter. We have earlier had the four-hand version for one piano of Symphonies 3 & 4 (on two separate discs). This two-piano version of the two opens up the scores a bit more and is thus more expansive. And it is no surprise that these are expert performances by this redoubtable German pianistic pair.

I do not know if Symphonies No. 1 & 2 also exist in two-piano versions, but one hopes so. As I said in an earlier review, I secretly wish this series could go on forever -- it has been a source of unfailing delight over the last several years as each new CD has been issued.

Scott Morrison
The Way They Were 14 Mar 2013
By Robert Goldstein - Published on
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I had Brahms Symphony #1 on piano so I bought this one. I f you know and love these works by orchestra, you'll love these. it's the way most people in the late19th century heard them; two people in the parlor entertaining family and guests. The only drawback is the feeling that the pianists are hitting the keys a little too hard on the louder passages. Beyond that, it's a joy to listen to.
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