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Brahms: Solo Piano Works [Box set]

Julius Katchen , Johannes Brahms Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35 / Book 1 - Variation I11:25Album Only
listen  2. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35 / Book 1 - Variation II 8:53Album Only
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listen  5. Brahms: 4 Ballades, Op.10 - No.2 in D 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  1. Brahms: Variations on a theme by Schumann19:27Album Only
listen  2. Brahms: Variations on an Original Theme in D, Op.21, No.116:41Album Only
listen  3. Brahms: Variations on a Hungarian Song in D major, op.21, no.2 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Brahms: 16 Waltzes, Op.39 - Nos.1-8 9:22Album Only
listen  5. Brahms: 16 Waltzes, Op.39 - Nos.9-16 7:59Album Only
listen  6. Brahms: Scherzo in E flat minor, Op.4 8:29Album Only


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, Op.1 - 1. Allegro 8:03Album Only
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listen  3. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, Op.1 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto e con fuoco) 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, Op.1 - 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco) 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.2 - 1. Allegro non troppo, ma energico 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.2 - 3. Scherzo. Allegro 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.2 - 4. Finale (Introduzione. Sostenuto - Allegro non troppo e rubato)11:09Album Only
listen  9. Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor, Op.79, No.1 9:20Album Only
listen10. Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, Op.79, No.2 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 1. Allegro maestoso10:42Album Only
listen  2. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 2. Andante espressivo12:16Album Only
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listen  4. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 4. Intermezzo (Andante molto) 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 5. Finale (Allegro moderato ma rubato) 7:01Album Only
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listen  7. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 2. Intermezzo in A minor 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 4. Intermezzo in E major 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 5. Intermezzo in E minor 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 6. Intermezzo in E major 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  1. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 1. Capriccio in F sharp minor 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Brahms: 8 Piano Pieces, Op.76 - 8. Capriccio in C 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 1. Intermezzo in A minor 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 2. Intermezzo in A 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 5. Romance in F 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen18. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 4. Rhapsody in E flat 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (November 11, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000042GM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Julius Katchen performs the composer's work whom he most favored; again, highly-esteemed recordings among classical cognoscenti .

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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186 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAHMS PIANO MUSIC OF THE HIGHEST ORDER June 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For me, Katchen has always been the consummate Brahmsian; I owned the original vinyls housed in a nifty London slipcase set, all the records in their own jackets. So, when Decca decided to re-issue the Brahms on CD (in their two jewel boxes), I was more than thrilled. I've been "living" with Katchen's Brahms interpretations for over thirty years--- and have never tired of them.

The fact is: For the most part, the totality of Katchen's vision is unparalled; he has no rival. Even the Naxos "complete" edition of Brahms (with Biret) offers no real competition. Other pianists may offer a tad more depth here or there in one piece or another, but no pianist has played Brahms.... as I believe Brahms would have performed his own piano music. And this is no small compliment to Katchen.

Katchen has captured the essence of Brahms, perhaps his musical soul--- if you allow me a metaphysical moment. Not many pianists are capable of bringing to music the illusion that the composer, himself, might actually be sitting there at the keyboard. Only a meager handful of artists might come to mind.

I was listening to Sonata No. 1 in C, Op. 1 this morning and was amazed at just how fresh and incredibly real his performance is. In such an early work, Brahms has already made his mark, and in Katchen's hands it springs to miraculous life. The first movement Allegro is rugged, insightful, foreshadowing the Op. 5 to come; the second movement Andante is lyrically brooding (with more than a nod to Beethoven) with a wistful quality that goes right to the heart; the impishly demonic Scherzo is daringly original, followed by a breathtaking and propulsive Finale whose glowing trio section disarms in the most unexpected way.

And THAT was only Sonata No. 1 in C!!! Sonata No. 2, Op.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vehemently recommended. February 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This box will have the width of a finger on your shelf, but will provide you with endless hours of boundless enjoyment. Julius Katchen not only showed that he was a master of the Brahms piano repertoire in the 1960s, but London also awarded him amazingly realistic and faithful piano recording. The transfers to 6 CDs have been totally successful, amongst the very best in London's "Collectors' Edition" series.
If you have a chance to sample what's here, try the early Scherzo in Eb, Op 4, a wonderfully robust, powerful work, and the late Op 117 Intermezzi - reflective, reposeful works. You'll also find some of the brilliant sets of variations - masterpieces that are fiendishly difficult to play - and the complete sets of waltzes and Hungarian dances.
Vehemently recommended.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Collection of Brahms February 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have long enjoyed Rubenstein's recordings of the works of Brahms, and those recordings, albeit rather dated, are splendid. However, several years ago I found this collection of the complete Brahms piano pieces by Julius Katchen, and I was completely taken. There is a level of consistency with one performer, and Katchen's accuracy and stunning technique makes this a collection which will add to anyone's collection of recordings.
In addition, the packaging (with individual envelopes for each cd, and each with its own discography) is very convenient. The box of 6 CD's replaces the originally released set of two jewel cases, a very good replacement I believe.
I highly recommend this CD set.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful piano music ever written March 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although I don't consider myself an "expert" of classical music, I do listen to alot of it and own over 500 classical cd's. Out of my entire collection, if I had to throw away 499 of them and only keep one, I'd keep this box set. Katchen plays so beautifully that I lose myself in the music every time and never get tired of listening to it.
If you are considering buying this and are reading the reviews for informaton, don't hesitate - buy it NOW! You won't regret it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing August 26, 2004
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This recording is definitive. Brahms is known to be passionate, loud, and temperamental like Beethoven. Thus, the piano playing required would have to be as such. Katchen makes full use of the range of the piano, never subduing any bass note, but rather, amplifies it. Furthermore, you don't get the over-romanticized and muddy texture of Evgeny Kissin. It is crisp, powerful, direct, and highly artistic. Truly passionate and other-worldly. But loud passion is not the only thing here; my opinion of Brahms is that his orchestral works are his best, that is, the symphonies and concertos. Yet, his intermezzi are perhaps one of the best compositions for the piano, and Katchen plays with the most careful detail to each and every nuance and phrasing for these gentle, often tragic pieces. Definetly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful offering. August 3, 2007
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There may be the individual recording made by others - Gilels, Rubinstein, Arrau - of a particular piece which might be preferred but as a collection of the Brahms piano works, this set has to take the prize.

The quality of original recording is high and the digital transfer seemingly well done. One has to listen very attentively to detect which of the four Ballades were recorded monaurally; a strange anachronism in the 'sixties. Also, the piano is an unusually fine-sounding instrument and I wonder if it might not be the Bösendorfer which resided in Decca's Hampstead studios around the time these recordings were made.

As another reviewer has suggested, the accompanying notes in french and german do provide interestingly different perspectives. But what I find inexcusable is that neither of these, nor the text in english, offers any biographical or other information on the pianist. The title is "Brahms, Works for Solo Piano. Julius Katchen". That's it - Katchen dismissed! Despite there being two blank pages in the accompanying booklet and two more of irrelevant other releases by London, that is the only mention made anywhere of the artist. I find this not only irritating but offensive.

Julius Katchen was an American pianist who moved to post-War Paris at the age of twenty. He was the consummate musician with a broad performing repertoire; a very highly regarded soloist in his time - a time which included Rubinstein, Backhaus, Gilels, Horowitz, Moiseiwitsch and Solomon - and a very empathetic accompanist but whose achievements like those of Witold Malcuzynski are not so well remembered today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seek out individual performances.
Rather than these CDs I think it is best to first listen to Katchen as a chamber music player in the Brahms Violin Sonatas with Suk or the Piano trios with Suk and Starker. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leeber Cohen
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated Brahms
Nearly all of the performances here are wooden. I feel Katchen is more successful with the smaller, more introspective pieces. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. DeNero
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection
I've been a fan of Brahm's orchestral music for my entire life.. but am newer to much of the solo piano literature.. this recording is just wonderful.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard King
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of Brahms works
This is a good collection of Brahms' solo piano works. It has some real gems, but I confess, I really do not care for many of the "Theme and variations" works on the first... Read more
Published 4 months ago by GeoEngineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Brahms
CD arrived promptly. I have listened to it every day since it arrived. Katchen is mind blowing - am busy learning the Rhapsodys so it has really helped my playing.
Published 4 months ago by Cecily
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance, fine audio quality
Superb performance, excellent audio quality. A broad array of memorable Brahms piano pieces.
Nothing idiosyncratic about the interpretations. I think Brahms would applaud.
Published 5 months ago by TheDon
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
After half a century, this set still holds up as one of the best complete surveys of the solo piano music of Brahms. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James A. Altena
4.0 out of 5 stars Marred by poor sound
I have these on vinyl and don't think that the digital remastering makes them sound significantly better on CD. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding complete set
This set is not just complete, but first class performances with a classic interpretation and style. Well recorded, good sound quality.
Published 9 months ago by James Stephen Wasvary
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Handel Variations!
Cliburn may've bested him on Brahms overall, but Katchen's Handel Variations are the best ever recorded...by anybody! It's one of the treasures of recorded piano.
Published 10 months ago by Arthur Frame
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