Emanuel Ax / Brahms* - Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 • 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117 (CD)
On the plus side, the piano is wonderfully in tune throughout, and that is certainly as it should be: you can make adjustments every few minutes on pieces of this length, not fifteen minutes along when it is starting to go out. It is grand and glorious piano sound on the stereo SACD layer.
The recording location is not one with which I am familiar, but my guess is that it is a fairly small hall, and that the microphones were about 4 to 5 meters away from the piano. I base that more on the ratio of mechanical noise to music, and the volume of Elisabeth Leonskaja's breathing than the acoustic of the room.
My first comparison was with Idil Beret's Naxos traversal of these pieces from fifteen years back. Starting from Op No. Beret's performance is all about phrasing -- it is classic Brahms. Leonskaja's performance is all about rhythm. This is muscular Brahms. This is the energy of a young Brahms setting aside the burden of age, lost love for Clara Schumann and failing health. Other listeners may find this performance strangely inappropriate.
Other comparisons revealed to me just how "out" is this version of Brahms' late piano pieces. Brahms: Piano Sonata No. Jonathan Plowright. Complete Solo Recordings. Harmonies du Soir: Brahms, Liszt, Granados.
Tonya Lemoh. Peter Longworth. Gwendolyn Mok. MSR Classics. Brahms: Piano Pieces. Mikhail Volchok. Centaur Records. Brahms: Piano Pieces, Op. Brahms: The Piano Miniatures. Boyd McDonald. Grigory Sokolov. Johannes Emanuel Ax / Brahms* - Piano Sonata No.
3 Piano Music, Op. Elisabeth Leonskaja. Maria Yudina. Entertainment Group. Andrew Palmer Todd. Roaring Fork Records. Brilliant Classics. Piano Notturno. Loreta Kovacic. Brahms, Vol. Hardy Rittner. Andreas Boyde. Oehms Classics. Brahms: Fantasies; Intermezzi; Piano Pieces. Walter Klien. Denon Records. Philippe Cassard. Brahms: Piano Works.
Peter Katin. Adam Laloum. Jonas Vitaud. Orchid Classics. Aldo Ciccolini. Brahms: 7 Fantasies; 3 Intermezzos; Haydn Variations. Brahms: Complete Piano Works. Brahms: Piano Music, Vol.
Paul Berkowitz. Meridian Records. Brahms: Piano Quintet; Intermezzi. Champs Hill Records. Idil Biret Archive Edition, Vol. Idil Biret. Radu Lupu. EMI Classics. Brahms Complete Edition. Cynthia Raim. Connoisseur Society.
Brahms: Late Piano Pieces. Thomas Beijer. Detlef Kraus. Anna Gourari. Legendary Russian Pianists. Mihaela Ursuleasa. Brahms: 7 Fantasien; 4 Balladen; Intermezzi. Burkard Schliessmann. Brahms: The Late Piano Pieces. Markus Groh. Brahms: Two Rhapsodies Op. Pancho Vladigerov. Libor Novacek plays Brahms. Libor Novacek. Landor Records. Brahms: 10 Intermezzi. Virgin Classics. Emanuel Ax. Sony Music Distribution. Brahms: Waltzes.
The Piano Collection. Yuri Didenko Plays Beethoven and Brahms. Yuri Didenko. Classical Records. Yves Nat. Brahms: Balladen, Op. Marc Pantillon. Brahms: Scherzo Op. Ivo Janssen. Globe Records. Brahms: The Piano Quartets. John Lill. Legendary Treasures: Lubka Kolessa. Lubka Kolessa. Doremi Records. Works for Piano [Box Set]. Edel Records. Brahms: Complete Piano Music. Gerhard Oppitz. RCA Red Seal. Stefan Vladar. Harmonia Mundi. Leif Ove Andsnes. Dmitri Alexeev. EMI Music Distribution.
Edel Classics. Brahms: The Masterworks. Walter Klien plays Brahms. Brahms: Klavierstucke. Mikhail Rudy. Brahms: The Late Piano Music. Ira Braus. Complete s Solo Recordings. Wilhelm Kempff. Hough feels Op. The myriad ways in which Hough shades No. Yes, the A major Op.
Is it sophisticated simplicity or simple sophistication? Unlike way too many pianists who pound out the G minor Ballade Op. A similar observation can be made about the F minor No. It is initially stated by the piano and accompanied by light sixteenth note gestures by Emanuel Ax / Brahms* - Piano Sonata No. 3 strings, although this is later reversed. A long coda helps to stabilize the often dissonant and unstable harmonies of the movement.
Like the previous movements, this movement develops a Op. 117 (CD) of themes. The final cadence of this movement, from the minor subdominant to the tonic, is used to conclude many of Brahms's slow movements, such as that from the Piano Quintet. The voicing of the last chord is ominous: the highest note of the strings is the violin's open G string, while the piano plays a tonic chord again with the third on top two octaves higher.
This fast rondo marked 'presto' is in G minor in duple time. The subtitle "Rondo alla zingarese" has given it the nickname "Gypsy Rondo. The quartet was orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg Emanuel Ax / Brahms* - Piano Sonata No. 3at the instigation of conductor Otto Klemperer and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Klemperer; this orchestrated version was made into the ballet Brahms—Schoenberg Op.
117 (CD) by George Balanchine. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Piano Quartet in G minor No. Piano Quartet in G minor: I. Piano Quartet in G minor: II. Op. 117 (CD), ma non troppo. Andante con Moto. Piano Quartet in G minor: IV.
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