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Wydawnictwo: Lawo Classics
Nr katalogowy: LWC 1148
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: maj 2018
EAN: 7090020181707
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Epoka muzyczna: romantyzm
Obszar (język): niemiecki
Instrumenty: fortepian
Rodzaj: fantazja

Brahms: Late Piano Works

Lawo Classics - LWC 1148
Wykonawcy
Eugene Asti, piano
Nagrody i rekomendacje
 
Pizzicato 5
 
Fantasien, Op. 116
Drei Intermezzi, Op. 117
Klavierstucke, Op. 118
A FEW YEARS AGO, when I was making my first recording for LAWO of music inspired by Norway, Vegard Landaas asked me if I might like to record some Brahms solo piano pieces for his label. I was very surprised, and naturally excited by the suggestion, but as I rarely play solo repertoire in my career as a song accompanist, I hesitated at first. However, Brahms has always been one of my great passions and a composer with whom I feel a particular affinity, so after much thought and encouragement from those close to me, I decided to do it. I saw it as an artistic challenge – something that would push me out of my comfort zone and deepen my understanding and connection with Brahms and his music.

When I was trying to decide which solo pieces to record, I felt drawn to the late piano works as they seemed in some way related to his songs. Brahms’s Lieder are some of his most intimate and personal compositions, and although small in scale, there is a wealth of emotional depth and poetic sensibility to be explored in them. The exact same thing can be said of the late piano works, which are likewise small in dimension and certainly not composed as virtuosic showpieces. They are also among the most beautiful and profound of all his works, possessing a truly vocal quality with which, as a song pianist, I can immediately identify (some could almost be called ‘songs without words’). There is an incredible level of musical structure and unity in these pieces (as one would expect with Brahms) and the multi-layered, multi-faceted writing presents a constant challenge to any pianist who encounters them.

In the making of this recording, I was very fortunate that LAWO chose a wonderful reconditioned Steinway D dating from 1893, which is just a year after the composition of these late piano pieces. Its gorgeous tone and unique sound quality served as a constant inspiration to me. The beautiful acoustic of the Sofienberg Church in Oslo not only provided a naturally warm and vibrant sound, but also helped to create the right atmosphere so essential for this music.

Recorded in Sofienberg Church, Oslo, 24-28 August 2015. Played on Steinway D.

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