Dorset, 11-13th October 1994
Sound Engineer: Brad Michel
Edited: Clarion Productions, Newton,
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Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) wrote these piano pieces, selected from opp. 76, 116, 117, 118 and 119, in the very last period of his creative life. The musical content is reserved rather than brilliant, intimate and elegiac without ever being sentimental, occasionally strong and virile but never virtuosic for the sake of virtuosity.
They are just ‘Songs without Words’, each expressing a thought or a mood of the deepest intimacy which a mere title could not hope to convey, and they represent the last great flowering of this very special form in Romantic music.
The pieces in this collection have been put together with a sensitivity to key changes and subtle swings of mood, so that whether the listener selects three or four movements at a time, or proceeds through an uninterrupted flow of all fourteen pieces, there is a surprisngly organic ease to the integration of one movement with another atht perhaps helps to shed fresh light on these exquisitely introspective masterpieces.
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