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Brahms: Works For Solo Piano Vol 1 (Chandos: CHAN 10716) CD

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B007BGU614
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Works for Solo Piano, Volume 1
2. Rhapsodies, Op. 79 Nos 1 and 2
3. Intermezzos, Op. 116 No. 4
4. Op. 117 No. 1
5. Op. 118 No. 2
6. Capriccios, Op. 116 Nos 1, 3, and 7
7. Romance, Op. 118 No. 5 / Ballade, Op. 10 No. 4
8. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Barry Douglas is a scintillating pianist, one of the truly great virtuosos. I heard him recently breathe new life into Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto and it was not an experience I'm likely to forget. He has the most amazing technical resources, but beyond this, and more important, a tremendous feeling that comes across in great waves of emotion. This applies equally to this first instalment of his Brahms cycle, where the power allied to a sense of the architecture of the music would in themselves make the recording worth hearing, but it is what he gets into the notes that fully brings them to life. The pick-and-mix approach is very pleasing, refusing to straightjacket the music by presenting it like a catalogue; and the final Handel Variations have a sense of cumulative exhilaration that makes you think: THIS IS IT!! That rare thing, an experience of the music that is strong enough to make you forget all cares and anxiety and just live totally in the present moment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Rainey on 25 Mar 2014
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The running order of tracks on this recording give the impression of a live concert performance, rather than a staid recording session. The beauty of Brahms later pieces steal the show here - Douglas manages to capture the wistful yearning of a comtemplative man looking back on his life with some profound regret - "Frei aber einsam". Brahms later works including his mellow clarinet pieces are to be treasured, and Barry Douglas has allowed us a glimpse into Brahms soul. His Brahms and Schubert recording projects are daunting in their complexity, but I feel sure they will be deeply rewarding.
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Barry Douglas and Johannes Brahms 17 Jun 2012
By Richard Raymond - Published on
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Classical weight and Romantic melancholy, relieved by lighter moments akin to Impressionism and the Rococo. An absolutely gorgeous recording filled with expressive nuances. Barry Douglas has been my favorite pianist since I heard him play the Brahms First Concerto and Piano Quintet one summer night in Baltimore. Listening to him play Brahms is like listening to Maria Callas sing Bellini or Donizetti. I can't wait for more of his complete Brahms piano solos.
Necessary Addition to Brahms Collection 3 Jun 2014
By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In the mid 1980s as I began studying classical piano, I gravitated more and more to Brahms solo piano pieces as he became my favorite (followed by Chopin and Schubert). At that time, I was fortunate to come across fantastic piano recordings by Radu Lupu, Zoltan Kocsis, Rudolf Firkusny, Lydia Artymiw, and my favorite interpreter of Brahms Stephen Kovacevich.

As I re-discovered these treasures, ripping these CDs on my iTunes, I decided to investigate a more recent recording and I read positive reviews of Barry Douglas’ performances put on two volumes. I decided to give Douglas a try and I was surprised at how bright, passionate, expressive, and unique his interpretations are. For a fan of Brahms’ solo piano, I find these a necessary addition to any collection. I have been truly surprised at how different and soulful these pieces are, complete with their own phrasing, unique from Kovacevich’s.

Kovacevich is no longer my number one Brahms player. He is now tied with Douglas. Highly recommended. Please get both volumes.
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