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Brahms: The Late Piano Music

Stephen Kovacevich , Dinorah Varsi , Adam Harasiewicz Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Jan 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B0000041AH
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 1. Capriccio in D minorStephen Kovacevich 1:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 2. Intermezzo in A minorStephen Kovacevich 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 3. Capriccio in G minorStephen Kovacevich 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 4. Intermezzo in E majorStephen Kovacevich 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 5. Intermezzo in E minorStephen Kovacevich 2:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 6. Intermezzo in E majorStephen Kovacevich 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 7. Capriccio in d minorStephen Kovacevich 2:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - 1. in E flat majorStephen Kovacevich 4:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - 2. in B flat minorStephen Kovacevich 5:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - 3. in C sharp minorStephen Kovacevich 5:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 1. Intermezzo in A minorStephen Kovacevich 1:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 2. Intermezzo in AStephen Kovacevich 5:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 3. Ballade in G minorStephen Kovacevich 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 4. Intermezzo in F minorStephen Kovacevich 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 5. Romance in FStephen Kovacevich 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 6. Intermezzo in E flat minorStephen Kovacevich 5:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 1. Intermezzo in B minorStephen Kovacevich 3:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 2. Intermezzo in E minorStephen Kovacevich 5:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 3. Intermezzo in CStephen Kovacevich 1:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 4. Rhapsody in E flatStephen Kovacevich 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, Op.79, No.2Dinorah Varsi 6:020.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor, Op.79, No.1Dinorah Varsi 8:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 1. Capriccio in F sharp minorDinorah Varsi 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 2. Capriccio in B minorDinorah Varsi 2:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 3. Intermezzo in A flatDinorah Varsi 1:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 4. Intermezzo in B flatDinorah Varsi 2:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 5. Capriccio in C sharp minorDinorah Varsi 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 6. Intermezzo in ADinorah Varsi 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 7. Intermezzo in A minorDinorah Varsi 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 8. Capriccio in CDinorah Varsi 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24Stephen Kovacevich26:143.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35 - Book 1Adam Harasiewicz11:161.49  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35 - Book 2: - Thema. Variation I - XIVAdam Harasiewicz 9:350.79  Buy MP3 


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1.0 out of 5 stars MP3 faulty - avoid until it's been corrected 20 Jun 2014
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Track 10 on the second disc has been clipped so that the end of the Handel variations & fugue is missing! The equivalent track is listed as several seconds longer than 26.14 on various other sites (including amazon.com).

A shame as the performances are recording are excellent, but this fault is seriously annoying.
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By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a Philips Duo CD so it has been compiled from various LPs recorded in London and Amsterdam in 1968, 1969, 1971, 1981 and 1983. The soloists are Stephen Kovacevich (playing the piano pieces Opp. 116, 117, 118, 119, and the Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel); Dinorah Varsi (playing the two Rhapsodies and the Piano Pieces Op.76); and Adam Harasiewicz (playing the Variations on a Theme of Paganini). The two sets of Variations here - on themes by Handel and by Paganini - were composed in 1861/62 when Brahms was in his late 20s. But the remaining pieces were composed betwen1879 and 1893, just four years before his death. It is these pieces that give the title of the CD. The playing is fine, the piano tone quite warm and soft and not as brittle as it often sounds in more modern recordings. They are mostly analogue recordings (except Opp. 116 and 118 which are digital). I have lived happily with this double CD since it was released two decades ago and I would not want to be without it. The second of the four Intermezzi in Op.118 has gained a certain extra popularity recently as it is featured in some of the episodes of Robert Parker's Jesse Stone thrillers on TV.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent bargain 17 Dec 2000
By "aparcuc" - Published on Amazon.com
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Three competent pianists share a fairly comprehensive review of Brahms' music for piano solo (except for his sonatas, ballads and a few odd pieces). Kovacevich's performance is the most convincing of the three: his fiery, sensitive and lyrical approach is a delight. The other two pianists hold their own too, although Harasiewicz is the better of the two (his version of the Paganini Variations is exceptionally good). At the price of two discs for one, this Phillips album is an excellent bargain, unless one is willing to buy Katchen's extraordinary 6 discs review of all of Brahms' solo piano music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of late Brahms 2 April 2006
By Alan Lekan - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is more evidence that Brahms never quite wrote any mediocre music. Well, actually he did ... but it was his practice to trash pieces that did not meet his exacting standards. And such standards show their value in such marvelously conceived works as these late piano pieces. Not everyone knows that Brahms was a bonafied virtuoso at the piano and wrote a large ouevre of high-quality music that falls neaty into three periods: the early Beethoven-like 'heroic' style, the middle focus on the variation form and the introspective late works. Arthur Rubinstein said of Brahms' music: "It is with the late piano works, Op. 116-119, that we reach Brahms' most personal music for his chosen instrument. Brahms in his final years produced serene and nostalgic music that was ever more inward in mood ... and as his own notations in the score indicate, they are so intensely intimate that one cannot really convey their full substance to a large audience. They should be heard quietly, in a small room, for they are actually works for chamber music for the piano."

The late piano works are well recorded in the catalog (Lupu, Katchen, Cliburn, Gilels, Gieseking, Argerich, Perahia) and this Philips' DUO recording is among the better ones as a whole. Certainly the star of the three pianists featured here is Stephen Kovacevich - a firery yet tender-hearted pianist best known for his stellar Beethoven. Given his stature, it is a bit disappointing that the entire two-CD's were not all his playing as he recorded all the featured late works here. But, I suppose it is always good to give lesser-famous talent a chance to shine and make themselves better known.

One of these talents is Adam Haraseiwicz who turns in a crisp run at the Op. 35 "Paganini Variations" that has more of a cool, crisp precision than a red-hot flair to it - although a few pieces in the second book are especially impressive for their brilliant clarity. The theme was taken from Paganini's famous 24th Caprice in A-minor for solo violin. Kovacevich also performs the brilliant Op. 24 Variations equally admirably, evoking Handel's pomp-and-ceremony style with vigor. Both sets of variations are truly staturesque in the piano literature and reveal why Brahms was considered the greatest variationist since Beethoven.

The two Op. 79 Rhapsodies are dynamic concert showpieces with impassioned, chordal outer movements (marked "agitito" and "molto passioniato") surrounding an oasis of tender melody. No. 2 is one of Brahms' best-known piano works and a real crowd pleaser. These (along with the Op. 76 pieces) are given quite respectable readings by Dinorah Varsi, but their contrasting episodes of powerful virtuosity and tender lyricism are conveyed more effectively by the legendary Marth Argerich (Debut Recital, DG) or other pianists. But, the drama and mercurial brilliance in these pieces is so compelling that the pure music can override such aspects of performance.

But, the main event here are the four sets of Schumann-like piano "miniatures" performed by Stephen Kovacevich under various titles as Fantasies, Intermezzos, Ballades, Romance and Capriccios. In general they are of two moods: dramatic, romantic and virtuostic or slow, gentle and introspective. Some (like the E-flat Intermezzo Op. 117) reveal Brahms' equistite, tender-hearted talent for lullaby themes, where others (like the D-minor Capriccio Op. 116) harken to the dynamic flair of Scarlatti. All are masterful, and the gentle pieces are particularly beautiful. As in his Beethoven Sonatas, Kovacevich superbly expresses both sides of Brahms' moods. Most notably, his poetry and gentle expressivity in Op. 117 (three slow and lyrical pieces) and Op. 119 is among the finest recorded. And, as expected, he brings the needed "weight" to Brahms' most passionate utterences such as the powerfully chordal, Chabrier-like Rhapsody in E-flat, Op. 119.

Given such wonderous and consistent performances of Kovacevich here, it is disappointing that the sound quality is not as consistent. Both Op. 117 and Op. 119 (with the most beautiful slow movements) betray some unfortunate analog "hiss" that will be somewhat disturbing to expecially headphone listeners. In contrast, Op. 116 and 118 are much better, cleaner all-digital recordings. All others are "Digitalized by Bitstream" (Philips high-tech remastering technology) which must make some difference, but not enough in some spots. But, overall the sound is fairy bold and clear but with that typical circa-60's/70's inferior analog ambiance and extraneous "hiss." This is very typical of Philips' DUO sets by the way - they are usually "very good" but not the best in sound. But, I wouldn't let the sound stop you from getting this set.

Brahms' late music was a revelation to me for its inventiveness, quality and uncharacteristically intimate perspective. But, given that Brahms is one of the all-time masters of lyricism and sonority, this should be no surprise. While this set is inconsistent in both performers and sound quality, it still is a recommended set (also per Penguin Guide) - the least of the reasons being that is features all of Brahms' late piano music which is somewhat unique. If you are just starting to explore Brahms' piano music, the late works are the best place to start really. If you are looking ALL of Brahms' piano music, Julius Katchen's set is usually the most recommended but its sound is 60's vintage. Also, Radu Lupu's recordings are also a top choice for his equistite, poetic pianism that is most fitting to this music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Brahms' most exquisite music. 21 Jan 2014
By Miles D. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the late piano pieces of Brahms--particularly the six pieces of Op. 118--and this Philips two-disc compilation of those works is an excellent bargain. Most of the music on the two discs--Op. 116 through 119 and the Handel Variations--are played by the well-known Stephen Kovacevich, who brings both power and poetry to his performances of these works. The remainder of the music is performed by two lesser-known pianists, Dinorah Varsi and Adam Harasiewicz, who are also very good. My feeling is that unless you are an ardent advocate of a specific pianist or pianists in this repertoire, you should be well satisfied with these recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solo piano music by Brahms 14 Sep 2013
By Dr. H. A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a Philips Duo CD so it has been compiled from various LPs recorded in London and Amsterdam in 1968, 1969, 1971, 1981 and 1983. The soloists are Stephen Kovacevich (playing the piano pieces Opp. 116, 117, 118, 119, and the Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel); Dinorah Varsi (playing the two Rhapsodies and the Piano Pieces Op.76); and Adam Harasiewicz (playing the Variations on a Theme of Paganini). The two sets of Variations here - on themes by Handel and by Paganini - were composed in 1861/62 when Brahms was in his late 20s. But the remaining pieces were composed betwen1879 and 1893, just four years before his death. It is these pieces that give the title of the CD. The playing is fine, the piano tone quite warm and soft and not as brittle as it often sounds in more modern recordings. They are mostly analogue recordings (except Opp. 116 and 118 which are digital). I have lived happily with this double CD since it was released two decades ago and I would not want to be without it. The second of the four Intermezzi in Op.118 has gained a certain extra popularity recently as it is featured in some of the episodes of Robert Parker's Jesse Stone thrillers on TV.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music...great performances!!! 26 April 2014
By Manuel Carranza C - Published on Amazon.com
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Johannes Brahms was one of the main pillars of the German romantic music. In this production double the Philips label we enjoyed the latest works for piano written by this extraordinary composer. Works of great power music, filled with lyricism, spirituality, depth and vehemence, showing the depths of the feelings of this great genius. (Opus 116-119), the Rhapsodies 1 and 2, Op. 79 and the magnificent Haendel and Paganini themes variations, works just great.
Stephen Kovacevich, Dinorah Varsi and Adam Harasiewicz are extraordinary, large knowledgeable interpreters of the works of the great master. Simply luxury versions.
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