Brahms: Piano Sonata Op. 5, Fantasien Op. 116, Klavierstucke Op. 119

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COMPOSERS: Brahms
LABELS: Harmonia Mundi
ALBUM TITLE: Brahms – Piano Music
WORKS: Piano Sonata Op. 5, Fantasien Op. 116, Klavierstucke Op. 119
PERFORMER: Jon Nakamatsu
CATALOGUE NO: HMU 907339
Nakamatsu, Van

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Cliburn winner in

1997, is an elegant,

refined pianist, but

goes only part of the

way towards conveying Brahms’s

complex sensibilities. The Sonata

has an exuberant, youthful quality,

but falls short of the emotional

power presented by Lupu or

Sokolov; and he gives the late pieces

undoubted tonal beauty, but too

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little depth. Jessica Duchen