Walter Klien plays Brahms

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
In the late '40s and early '50s, the hot-shot Austrian virtuoso pianists were J?rg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Alfred Brendel, and Walter Klien. Demus was elegant, Badura-Skoda was soulful, Brendel was intellectual, and Klien was passionate. Of the four, only Brendel went on to a successful international career while the rest remained European artists. Of the four, Klien was at once the least and the best known in America, the least because he did not make his American debut until 1969 and the best because his recordings of huge hunks of the standard repertoire were released in America on the budget-priced Vox label and thus widely available. For those American listeners ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
In the late '40s and early '50s, the hot-shot Austrian virtuoso pianists were Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Alfred Brendel, and Walter Klien. Demus was elegant, Badura-Skoda was soulful, Brendel was intellectual, and Klien was passionate. Of the four, only Brendel went on to a successful international career while the rest remained European artists. Of the four, Klien was at once the least and the best known in America, the least because he did not make his American debut until 1969 and the best because his recordings of huge hunks of the standard repertoire were released in America on the budget-priced Vox label and thus widely available. For those American listeners who picked up on Klien, his combination of ruthless virtuosity, relentless intensity and reckless passion sounded distinctly un-Austrian but utterly compelling. In this five disc set of most of Brahms' piano music, Klien proves himself one of the great Brahms' pianists. The strength of his Ballades, the power of his "F minor Sonata," the lyricism of his of his Intermezzi, tenderness of his Waltzes, the sternness of his "Handel Variations," the funky rhythms of his "Hungarian Dances" rank him with Gilels and Richter and Kempff as a Brahms' player. While the Brahms completist will regret this set lacks his first two piano sonatas plus his Op. 21 and "Paganini Variations," the listener looking for a superlative set of performances of Brahms' piano music could do no better. Vox's sound has its problems -- dimness, grayness, and harshness, plus a handful of dropouts -- the raw honesty of the production nevertheless reveals the greatness of Klien's playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Vox (Classical)
  • UPC: 047163361227
  • Catalog Number: 3612
  • Sales rank: 51,561

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–27 Variations (25) and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, for piano, in B flat major, Op. 24 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (23:40)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 1Theme
    2. 2Variation 1
    3. 3Variation 2
    4. 4Variation 3
    5. 5Variation 4
    6. 6Variation 5
    7. 7Variation 6
    8. 8Variation 7
    9. 9Variation 8
    10. 10Variation 9
    11. 11Variation 10
    12. 12Variation 11
    13. 13Variation 12
    14. 14Variation 13
    15. 15Variation 14
    16. 16Variation 15
    17. 17Variation 16
    18. 18Variation 17
    19. 19Variation 18
    20. 20Variation 19
    21. 21Variation 20
    22. 22Variation 21
    23. 23Variation 22
    24. 24Variation 23
    25. 25Variation 24
    26. 26Variation 25
    27. 27Fugue
  2. 28–44 Variations on a Theme of Schumann, for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 9 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (17:42)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 28Theme
    2. 29Variation 1
    3. 30Variation 2
    4. 31Variation 3
    5. 32Variation 4
    6. 33Variation 5
    7. 34Variation 6
    8. 35Variation 7
    9. 36Variation 8
    10. 37Variation 9
    11. 38Variation 10
    12. 39Variation 11
    13. 40Variation 12
    14. 41Variation 13
    15. 42Variation 14
    16. 43Variation 15
    17. 44Variation 16
  3. 45–60 Waltzes (16) for piano, 4 hands (or piano), Op. 39 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (18:00)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 45No. 1 in B Major
    2. 46No. 2 in E Major
    3. 47No. 3 in g-sharp minor
    4. 48No. 4 in e minor
    5. 49No. 5 in E Major
    6. 50No. 6 in C-sharp Major
    7. 51No. 7 in c-sharp minor
    8. 52No. 8 in B-flat Major
    9. 53No. 9 in d minor
    10. 54No. 10 in G Major
    11. 55No. 11 in b minor
    12. 56No. 12 in E Major
    13. 57No. 13 in B Major
    14. 58No. 14 in g-sharp minor
    15. 59No. 15 in A-flat Major
    16. 60No. 16 in c-sharp minor
Disc 2
  1. 1–8 Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 76 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (24:36)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 1Capriccio in f-sharp minor
    2. 2Capriccio in b minor
    3. 3Intermezzo in A-flat Major
    4. 4Intermezzo in B-flat Major
    5. 5Capriccio in c-sharp minor
    6. 6Intermezzo in A Major
    7. 7Intermezzo in a minor
    8. 8Capriccio in C Major
  2. 9–10 Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (15:15)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 9No. 1 in b minor: Agitato
    2. 10No. 2 in g minor: Molto passionato
  3. 11–13 Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op. 117 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (15:32)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 11No. 1 in E-flat Major: Andante moderato
    2. 12No. 2 in b-flat minor: Andante non troppo
    3. 13No. 3 in c-sharp minor: Andante con moto
Disc 3
  1. 1–7 Fantasias (7) for piano, Op. 116 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (21:14)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 1Capriccio in d minor
    2. 2Intermezzo in a minor
    3. 3Capriccio in g minor
    4. 4Intermezzo in e minor
    5. 5Intermezzo in E Major
    6. 6Intermezzo in d minor
    7. 7Capriccio in d minor
  2. 8–13 Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (22:37)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 8Intermezzo in a minor
    2. 9Intermezzo in A Major
    3. 10Ballade in g minor
    4. 11Intermezzo in f minor
    5. 12Romanza in F Major
    6. 13Intermezzo in e-flat minor
  3. 14–17 Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (15:35)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 14Intermezzo in b minor
    2. 15Intermezzo in e minor
    3. 16Intermezzo in C Major
    4. 17Rhapsody in E-flat Major
Disc 4
  1. 1–5 Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (34:54)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 1 Allegro maestoso
    2. 2 Andante espressivo
    3. 3 Scherzo: Allegro energico
    4. 4 Intermezzo: Andante molto
    5. 5 Finale: Allegro moderato ma rubato
  2. 6–9 Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (23:43)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 6No. 1 in d minor, Edward
    2. 7No. 2 in D Major (Andante)
    3. 8No. 3 in b minor (Intermezzo)
    4. 9No. 4 in B Major (Andante con moto)
Disc 5
  1. 1–21 Hungarian Dances (21) for piano, 4 hands (or piano solo), WoO 1 - Johannes Brahms & Alfred Brendel (45:06)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 1No. 1 in g minor: Allegro molto
    2. 2No. 2 in d minor: Allegro non assai
    3. 3No. 3 in F Major: Allegretto
    4. 4No. 4 in b minor: Moderato e sostenuto
    5. 5No. 5 in g minor: Allegro
    6. 6No. 6 in B-flat Major: Vivace
    7. 7No. 7 in A Major: Allegretto
    8. 8No. 8 in a minor: Presto
    9. 9No. 9 in e minor: Allegro non troppo
    10. 10No. 10 in G Major: Presto
    11. 11No. 11 in d minor: Poco andante
    12. 12No. 12 in d minor: Presto
    13. 13No. 13 in D Major: Andantino grazioso
    14. 14No. 14 in d minor: Un poco andante
    15. 15No. 15 in A minor: Un poco andante
    16. 16No. 16 in g minor: Con moto-Presto
    17. 17No. 17 in f# minor: Andantino-Vivace
    18. 18No. 18 in D Major: Molto vivace
    19. 19No. 19 in b minor
    20. 20No. 20 in d minor: Poco allegretto
    21. 21No. 21 in e minor: Vivace
  2. 22–37 Waltzes (16) for piano, 4 hands (or piano), Op. 39 - Johannes Brahms & Walter Klien (16:19)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    1. 22No. 1 in B Major
    2. 23No. 2 in E Major
    3. 24No. 3 in g-sharp minor
    4. 25No. 4 in e minor
    5. 26No. 5 in E Major
    6. 27No. 6 in C-sharp Major
    7. 28No. 7 in c-sharp minor
    8. 29No. 8 in B-flat Major
    9. 30No. 9 in d minor
    10. 31No. 10 in G Major
    11. 32No. 11 in b minor
    12. 33No. 12 in E Major
    13. 34No. 13 in B Major
    14. 35No. 14 in g-sharp minor
    15. 36No. 15 in A-flat Major
    16. 37No. 16 in c-sharp minor
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