Brahms: Piano Pieces, Opp. 76, 118 & 119; Fantasias, Op. 116; Intermezzos, Op. 117; Rhapsody No. 1; Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 79; Handel Variations, Op. 24; Paganini Variations, Op. 35

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Composer(s):
Brahms
Works:
Piano Pieces, Opp. 76, 118 & 119; Fantasias, Op. 116; Intermezzos, Op. 117; Rhapsody No. 1; Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 79; Handel Variations, Op. 24; Paganini Variations, Op. 35
Performer:
Stephen Kovacevich, Dinorah Varsi, Adam Harasiewicz (piano)
Label:
Philips Duo
Catalogue Number:
442 589-2 ADD/DDD (1969-85)
Performance:
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Sound:
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5
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
To a great extent, this is Brahms heaven. All three pianists are wonderfully Brahmsian, most of all Stephen Kovacevich, whose powerful performances are full-blooded and great-hearted – a really ideal Brahms player. Dinorah Varsi, too, is fiery and exciting and Adam Harasiewicz gives a virtuoso rendering of the Paganini Variations. Complaints: the rather odd tagging-on at the end of the first disc of the G minor Op. 79 Rhapsody and the inevitable fluctuation in sound quality between different recordings made between 1969 and 1985. Jessica Duchen
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