Brahms: Works for Solo Piano

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano

by Julius Katchen

CD(6-Disc Set)

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/1997
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028945524726
catalogNumber: 455247

Tracks

  1. Variations (28) on a Theme of Paganini, for piano, in A minor, Op. 35: Book 1
  2. Variations (28) on a Theme of Paganini, for piano, in A minor, Op. 35: Book 2
  3. Variations (25) and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, for piano, in B flat major, Op. 24
  4. Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
  5. Variations on a Theme of Schumann, for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 9
  6. Variations (11) on an Original Theme in D major for piano, Op. 21/1
  7. Variations (13) on a Hungarian song for piano in D major, Op. 21/2
  8. Waltzes (16) for piano, 4 hands (or piano), Op. 39
  9. Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
  10. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1
  11. Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2
  12. Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
  13. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
  14. Fantasias (7) for piano, Op. 116
  15. Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
  16. Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119
  17. Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op. 117
  18. Hungarian Dances (21) for piano, 4 hands (or piano solo or orchestra), WoO 1: Vol.1
  19. Hungarian Dances (21) for piano, 4 hands (or piano solo or orchestra), WoO 1: Vol.2

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Brahms: Works for Solo Piano 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Katchen's reputation as a Brahms interpreter rests largely on these recordings, made between 1962 and 1965. This set overall is very good, with the weakest link being the performance of the Third Piano Sonata. The strongest links, and the truest confirmations of Katchen's peerless stature in Brahms, are the Eight Pieces Op. 76, the Rhapsodies Op. 79, and the Opp. 116-119 character pieces. All of these late-period works receive truly revelatory performances. The sound quality is very slightly muffled throughout, and a few of the tracks - including some pieces in the Op. 116 set - are in very muffled monophonic sound. The booklet notes are disappointing - for a release of this importance, the booklet should have been twice as thick.
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