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Brahms: Four Hand Piano Music, Vol. 3

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  • Release Date: 9/29/1998
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099465427
  • Catalog Number: 8553654
  • Sales rank: 181,579

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b - Johannes Brahms & Christian Kohn (42:59)
  2. 5–14 Variations on a Theme of Haydn, for 2 pianos in B flat major (St. Anthony Variations), Op. 56b - Johannes Brahms & Christian Kohn (18:21)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good Performance of an Unjustly Neglected Brahms Masterpiece

    When you consider that Brahms' Sonata for Two Pianos Op. 34b in some ways is even more satisfying than its alter-ego, the Piano Quintet Op. 34, it boggles the mind that fewer than a dozen recordings of the Sonata are currently available. This performance, by the German Matthies-Köhn duo, features very good ensemble playing, very well-judged balance between the pianos, and a suitably wide dynamic range. True, the performance could use more poetry in the phrasing, but in this instance that is a relatively minor quibble. The other work on the program is Brahms' best known set of variations, the St. Anthony Variations ["on a theme by Haydn"], which receives a low-octane but nonetheless acceptable performance. The sound quality for both works, recorded at the same November 1996 session, is very good. The booklet notes and overall packaging are good, as is usual for Naxos. This recording, then, gets four and a half stars, which I am rounding up to five stars because [A] it is unjustly neglected Brahms, and [B] it is at budget price. Whether you are trying to round off your CD collection [like I am], just getting started with your collection, or somewhere in the middle, you will find this recording to be a worthy and valued addition. And at budget price, it is ideal for Christmas stockings or office Christmas parties.

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