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Piano Works: Variations on a Theme of Paganini

J. Brahms Audio CD
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listen  1. Four Ballades, Op. 10: No. 1 - Andante (after the Scottish Ballad "Edward")Nicholas Angelich 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Four Ballades, Op. 10: No. 3 - IntermezzoNicholas Angelich 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Four Ballades, Op. 10: No. 4 - Andante con moto/ Piu lentoNicholas Angelich 9:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 2 Rhapsodies, Op.79: No. 1 in B Minor (Agitato)Nicholas Angelich10:19Album Only
listen  6. 2 Rhapsodies, Op.79: No. 2 in G Minor (Molto passionato, ma non troppo allegro)Nicholas Angelich 7:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book I, Op.35 No.1: Thema (Non troppo presto)Nicholas Angelich0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book I, Op.35 No.1: Variation 3Nicholas Angelich0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book I, Op.35 No.1: Variation 4Nicholas Angelich 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book I, Op.35 No.1: Variation 5Nicholas Angelich0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book I, Op.35 No.1: Variation 6Nicholas Angelich0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book I, Op.35 No.1: Variation 7Nicholas Angelich0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book I, Op.35 No.1: Variation 8Nicholas Angelich0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen20. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book I, Op.35 No.1: Variation 13, Vivace e scherzandoNicholas Angelich0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book I, Op.35 No.1: Variation 14Nicholas Angelich 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Thema (Non troppo presto)Nicholas Angelich0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 1Nicholas Angelich0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 2, Poco animatoNicholas Angelich0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 3Nicholas Angelich0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 4, Poco allegrettoNicholas Angelich0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 5Nicholas Angelich0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 6, Poco Piý vivaceNicholas Angelich0:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 7Nicholas Angelich0:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 8, AllegroNicholas Angelich0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 9Nicholas Angelich0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 10, Feroce, energicoNicholas Angelich0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 11, VivaceNicholas Angelich0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 12, Un poco andanteNicholas Angelich 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 13, Un poco piý andanteNicholas Angelich 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.3, Book II, Op.35, No.2: Variation 14. Presto, ma non troppoNicholas Angelich 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B0009U55ZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A formidable pianist, Brahms wrote piano music throughout his life, as this record demonstrates. The four Ballads (1854) are youthfully romantic and full of beguiling melodies; inspired by Johann Gottfried Herder's collection of folk-poetry, their contrasting rhythms, textures and dynamics evoke dreamy lyricism, mystery and turbulence. The two Rhapsodies (1879) are among Brahms' most beloved piano pieces: grand in conception and execution, rich in sonority, they are dramatic, dark and stormy, with achingly beautiful, singing middle sections. The Paganini Variations (1862-63) are based on the theme of Paganini's Caprice No. 24 for solo violin; their subtitle, "Studies for Piano," indicates their character and primary function: to explore and expand the possibilities of the instrument, much as  Paganini himself did for the violin. He would have been amazed at how many great composers have been captivated by his simple, catchy little tune. Brahms' 28 Variations contain some of the most fiendishly difficult piano writing in the repertoire. Each of its two sets begins with a statement of the theme, goes on to increasingly dazzling acrobatics, and ends with a coda that explodes into truly breath-taking fireworks. Nicholas Angelis, a multiple prize-winner with a flourishing international career on stage and disc, was born in 1970 and studied in his native America and France. He negotiates this obstacle course brilliantly, fully equal to all its technical, rhythmic and tonal demands, and always has virtuosity in reserve for the next burst of pyrotechnics. In the other pieces, his approach is a bit excessive; he exaggerates the dynamic contrasts and indulges in effusive push-and-pull rubatos that fragment and sentimentalize the music, contravening Brahms' austerity and restraint.  --Edith Eisler

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4.0 out of 5 stars A French pianist in Brahms takes a softer view December 13, 2006
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Although U.S. born, Angelich is French-based and frequently partners with violinist Renaud Capucon, both rising stars in Europe, both already teamed up with no less than Martha Argerich at her summer festival in Lugano. On this Brahms CD, which by the way has absolutely gorgeous sound and a magnificent piano, Angelich displays a lighter, softer touch than, say, Evgeny Kissin, and a very fluid way of phrasing that suits Brahms's romanticism quite beautifully.

He is at his most appealing in the four Ballades Op. 10 and two Rhapsodies Op. 79, but some listeners may find his lack of dramatic attack unusual, especialy in the second Rhapsody, where almost everyone else I've ever heard pounces on chords much harder than he does. the difficulty in Brahms's solo piano works often comes down to finding the lyrical heart of an idiom that is full of force and declamation. Angelich has found his way, although I must admit that none of his readings, by itself, surpasses the best I've heard. He can be a little stolid and prosaic. In the Paganini Variations, where once again I was struck by how good the engineering is, he tends to pause or slow down for some of the difficult passages, in contrast to virtuosos whose attack grows faster and more ferocious as the technical difficulties increase. But that's a minor observation in the light of Angelich's powerful, assured technical command. Personally, the fistfuls of notes in this work give me a headache, so Angelich's milder approach was welcome.
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Angelich has now recorded most of Brahms' piano music including the two concertos and the piano quintet. The whole series has proved to be remarkably rewarding as Angelich seems to be an absolutely natural Brahmsian.

This very well recorded disc from 2005 features Angelich's comprehensive, sensitive, thoughtful and deeply rewarding playing style. Throughout this disc he has continued to illustrate a formidable technique which he chooses to use in a non-aggressive way to emphasis the more lyrical nature of Brahms' writing.

To extend this description, his playing has effortless technical control which frees him to play the music as he feels it and without compromise. He is aware of the need to build the textures from the bottom up and this is balanced by a luminosity that stops this from being bottom heavy. Brahms' frequent delight in contrasting and conflicting cross rhythms (3s against 2s etc) is clearly presented as are all the textures so that the music is clarified but without in any way becoming clinical. The lyrical element of the music is preserved at all times which makes the gentler passages melodically driven regardless of complexity and the climaxes rise naturally without being in any way aggressive.

These characteristics are fairly regularly experienced in other recordings of the Ballades for example but are far more unusual in the Paganini Variations and the two Rhapsodies which can be played in such a forthright manner as to verge on the aggressive. Examples of this approach can be experienced in some of the performances of the much admired Kovacevich for example, and that comment is intended as a simple observation rather than a criticism.
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