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Alexandre Kantorow plays Brahms

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Johannes Brahms
Performer Alexandre Kantorow
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2600 SACD
EAN 7318599926001
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2021
Total time 85'16

In 2019, when Alexandre Kantorow, at the age of 22, became the first French pianist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky competition, his programme included no less than three works by Johannes Brahms. Two of these, Piano Sonata No. 2 and the Rhapsody in B minor, he went on to record for release on his previous, highly praised recital disc, which was awarded distinctions such as Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Diapason &&&d’Or, and Choc de Classica. The Brahms interpretations won Kantorow particular praise – the Guardian (UK) described them as ‘magisterial’ while the website ResMusica placed his sonata ‘among the great reference recordings of the piece – if not the modern one.’

There is much to look forward to, then, when Kantorow releases an all-Brahms album with a playing time of no less than 85 minutes. He opens with music by a composer of a similar age as himself: Brahms wrote the Four Ballades in 1854 while only 21 years old, taking up a fashionable genre introduced by Chopin as late as 1840. The set is followed by the even earlier Sonata No. 3 in E minor which forms the centre of the programme. The sonata is of almost symphonic dimensions and it was indeed, along with its predecessors, famously described as a disguised symphony by no one less than Robert Schumann. To bring this stormy, impassioned album to a close, Kantorow has chosen a later, and contrasting work: With a lifelong admiration for Bach, Brahms in 1879 made a piano arrangement, for the left hand alone, of the iconic Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for solo violin – a composition that Brahms himself described as ‘a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful impressions’.
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  Johannes Brahms
  Ballades, Op. 10 25'39
01 I. Andante - Poco più moto - Allegro (ma non troppo) - Tempo I 5'38
02 II. Andante - Allegro non troppo - Tempo I 6'54
03 III. Intermezzo 4'42
04 IV. Andante con moto - Più lento - Tempo I - Adagio 8'25
  Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 40'39
05 I. Allegro maestoso 12'15
06 II. Andante espressivo 11'20
07 III. Scherzo 5'08
08 IV. Intermezzo (Rückblick) 3'43
09 V. Finale 8'13
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  from Partita No. 2 for solo violin
10 Chaconne, arranged for the left hand 17'45
  Album total 85'16
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Brahms, Johannes
PianoKantorow, Alexandre
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