Brahms Klavierstüke, Op. 118 Nos. 1-3
I’m a huge fan of Brahms
Brahms is often regarded as intellectual and abstract – the Bach of the 19th century. A friend commented once that the pieces in 116, 117, and 118 are little puzzles that need to be solved, and surmised that this would be why I find them attractive. I do like intellectual puzzles, and I’m often in awe of Brahms’ craftsmanship from an intellectual standpoint. But what attracts me to his music is that, though it is deeply complex, above all, it’s romantic.
Brahms is emotional. It needs to be flexible. It has to breathe. It is often as much about richness of sound as it is about melody. And yes, underneath all of that, there’s a lot of counterpoint.
I recorded the first three pieces of op. 118 years ago, and they still remain among my favorites.
Brahms Klavierstüke, Op.118 No. 1: Intermezzo in A Minor (from “That Thin Line,” Jeff Kleinsorge, piano)
Brahms Klavierstüke, Op.118 No. 2: Intermezzo in A Major (from “That Thin Line,” Jeff Kleinsorge, piano)
Brahms Klavierstüke, Op.118 No. 3: Ballade in G Minor (from “That Thin Line,” Jeff Kleinsorge, piano)
NOTE: These recordings are protected by copyright.