MusicWeb International. Brahms

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2 (1852) [27:51] Scherzo in E-flat minor, Op. 4 (1851) [9:06] Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5 (1853) [39:50] Oleg Marshev (piano) rec. July 2021, Cultural Institute, Milan, Italy DANACORD DACOCD900 [77:03] This is early Brahms. His biographer Lawrence Erb says bluntly that there was no obvious career opening for the young man: he had to “continue playing in low sailors’ haunts” and pursue any opportunity for giving “cheap lessons and arranging popular tunes for brass bands or for piano”. It was not until the spring of 1853 that Brahms embarked on his first professional tour away from Hamburg, as accompanist to the celebrated Hungarian...

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Ravel Vol.1 MusicWeb International

A splendid first instalment of a three-volume cycle. Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)Complete Solo Piano Music Volume 1Sérénade grotesque (c.1893) [3:23]Menuet antique (1895) [7:42]La Parade (1896) [14:14]Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899) [7:00]Jeux d’eau (1901) [5:57]Menuet in C-sharp minor (1904) [1:11]Miroirs (1904-1905) [30:23]Fugue in F major (1900) [4:59]Oleg Marshev (piano)rec. July 2021, Cultural Institute, Milan, ItalyDANACORD DACOCD903 [75:51] A new survey of Maurice Ravel’s piano music is always welcome. It is an even more significant event when the plan is to record the composer’s all extant works for the instrument: an important first. And with Danacord’s superstar Oleg Marshev at the piano it is just perfect.It gets better. This programme is largely chronological, and that allows an informed appreciation of Ravel’s development as a composer. Also, a few pieces...

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