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Brahms: Ballades & Fantasies

Denis Kozhukhin

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1
Theme and Variations in D Minor, Op. 18
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
10:14
4 Ballades, Op. 10  
2
No. 1 in D Minor, "Edward"
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
4:34
3
No. 2 in D Major
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
6:29
4
No. 3 in B Minor
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
4:20
5
No. 4 in B Major
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
8:42
7 Fantasies, Op. 116  
6
No. 1. Capriccio in D Minor
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
2:31
7
No. 2. Intermezzo in A Minor
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
3:39
8
No. 3. Capriccio in G Minor
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
3:01
9
No. 4. Intermezzo in E Major
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
4:48
10
No. 5. Intermezzo in E Minor
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
2:46
11
No. 6. Intermezzo in E Major
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
3:00
12
No. 7. Capriccio in D Minor
Johannes Brahms; Denis Kozhukhin
2:33
Total Playing Time    56:37
Bold, turbulent defiance sits alongside pained introspection and bittersweet reverie on this penetrating recording of Brahms solo piano works from acclaimed young award-winning Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin. By turns placid, sparse, restive and impassioned, the highly personal and contemplative late piano music of Brahms has been described as "the mirrors of his soul." The seven pieces comprising the Fantasies are quite different in mood but are nevertheless intricately constructed to produce poetic miniatures of great depth and sonority, requiring sensitive artistry to convey their sense of unity and poignancy. Brahms is in a more full-bloodied and demonstrative mood with the much earlier Ballades, but these too show moments of transcendent beauty. In the rarely heard Theme and Variations, Brahms makes a sumptuous and instantly seductive arrangement of the second movement of his own String Sextet, producing an arresting and magisterial composition with exquisite tone colourations and a hushed, sublime ending.
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