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Brahms: Waltzes; Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel


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listen  1. 2 Rhapsodies, Op. 79: Rhapsody No. 1 in B minor 8:09Album Only
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listen17. 16 Waltzes, Op. 39: Waltz No. 15 in A flat major 1:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen19. 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117: Intermezzo No. 1 in E flat major 4:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117: Intermezzo No. 2 in B flat minor 3:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen22. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 2425:39Album Only

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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000OQDRY6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Written in Vienna in 1864, and perhaps an early tribute to the city he had made his home, Brahms' Waltzes, Op. 39 were originally conceived as piano duets and arranged for solo piano in 1867. These exquisite miniatures are characterised by a joyful aband

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Brahms is so often thought of as a somewhat dour classicist whose primary interest compositionally was to compose beautifully mitered works that harked in their construction back to the abstract models of the classic period or earlier. But, truth to tell, he was just as interested in dance forms and he was a master of them. Consider, for example, such works as the Liebeslieder Waltzes or the Hungarian Dances. The present set of sexteen waltzes, the Opus 39, were written in 1864, in both two-hand and four-hand versions. They were published shortly after and became best-sellers. Ah, the glory days of music-making in the home!

Often Brahms's piano music is played with a somewhat heavy hand, at least partly because it is often bass-dominated. That is definitely not the case with these performances by Jenó Jandó, surely the busiest pianist in Naxos's stable of fine musicians. He plays with a deft and sure but delicate touch, and the waltzes benefit. These may not be quite at the level of Julius Katchen's recording, generally considered classic Brahms playing, but they come close.

Also included at the two Op. 79 Rhapsodies and the three Intermezzi, Op. 117. There are many fine recordings of these miniatures, but Jandó does a creditable job with them.

The biggest and most important work here is perhaps the apex of Brahms's solo piano output -- the Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24. The theme is from Handel's Harpsichord Suite in B flat, HWV 434 (1733). Handel himself had subjected the theme to five variations. Brahms, on the other hand, wrote twenty-five variations and concluded with a huge fugue based on the theme. The work is as virtuosic as anything Brahms ever wrote.
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