Johannes Brahms Piano Sonatas

Thea King, Clifford Benson - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas (1986) Reissue 2004

Thea King, Clifford Benson - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas (1986) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 144 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55158 | Time: 00:43:30

Brahms’s two sonatas for clarinet and piano, Op 120, composed in 1894, were followed only by the four Serious Songs and a set of organ chorale preludes (some of which may have been written at earlier times). His farewell to chamber music was also his farewell gift to the clarinet. The two works recorded here were preceded by the Clarinet Trio in A minor (Op 114) and the great Clarinet Quintet in B minor (Op 115), and all four masterpieces were inspired by the playing of Richard Mühlfeld, principal clarinettist of the Meiningen Orchestra.
Torleif Thedeen, Roland Pontinen - Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonatas (2010)

Torleif Thedéen, Roland Pöntinen - Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonatas (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 210 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-1606 | Time: 01:22:26

After titanic contributions to the cello sonata repertoire by Ludwig van Beethoven, few notable additions were made for several decades. Not until 1862 did the cello sonata re-emerge in the hands of Johannes Brahms. His peculiar First Sonata contains only three movements (the Adagio having been omitted for fear of the sonata being too lengthy) and a finale that all but defies formal analysis. Almost a quarter century passed before Brahms again returned to the cello sonata, this time in the key of F major. The second sonata is considerably more challenging for cellists and Brahms' treatment of the instrument is not the exclusively lyrical, sonorous melodies that one might expect. Rather, Brahms incorporates lots of rhythmic, motivic playing and pizzicato passages and rapid bariolage. A "third" cello sonata, which has become increasingly popular in recent years, is Paul Klengel's (whose cello-playing father was much admired by Brahms) transcription of the G major Violin Sonata.

Gutman Trio - Johannes Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 3 (2013)  Music

Posted by Designol at April 29, 2016
Gutman Trio - Johannes Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 3 (2013)

Gutman Trio - Johannes Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 3 (2013)
Sviatoslav Moroz, violin; Natalia Gutman, cello; Dmitri Vinnik, piano

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Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94474 | Time: 00:55:41

This recording presents the CD debut on Brilliant Classics of the Gutman Trio, named after Natalia Gutman, world famous cellist, one of the few surviving of the generation of 20th century soviet musicians, like Richter, Gilels, Kogan, Kagan, Rostropovich and Oistrakh. For their debut CD they chose two of the cornerstones of the romantic piano trio repertoire, the first and third piano trio by Brahms. The first trio Op. 8 is a gorgeous work from Brahms' early years, brimming with youthful passion and vitality; the third trio is in C minor mood, dark, grim and powerful.
Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata No 3 & Four Ballades (2001)

Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata No 3 & Four Ballades (2001)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 168 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 135 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67237

Following his recent dazzling Liszt recital (CDA67085), Stephen Hough turns his attention to the finest works of the young Brahms. Brahms's three piano sonatas are early works, culminating with the epic F minor Sonata. Spanning five movements, with dramatic and wildly virtuosic outer movements, and a hauntingly beautiful slow movement (described by Claudio Arrau as "the greatest love music after Tristan, and the most erotic"), this is one of the defining piano sonatas of the mid-nineteenth century.
Wilhelm Backhaus, Vienna Philharmonic, Karl Bohm - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1989) 2CDs

Johannes Brahms: Klavierkonzerte 1 & 2 (1989) 2CDs
Wilhelm Backhaus (piano); Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Karl Böhm

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Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 425 763-2 | Time: 01:31:50

As an eleven-year-old in 1895, Wilhelm Backhaus met and performed for D'Albert, Grieg, Nikisch and Brahms, among others. Here was a pianist who shunned hectoring gestures of the late Romantic era for economy and purposefulness. "His facial expression always remained steady, showing an unceasing concentration on the sounds his hands were coaxing from the instrument with such concentrated energy. Everything lay in the act of playing, just as the preoccupation of a great painter or sculptor would be not with technique as such, but with craftsmanship - that is, skill not as an end in itself, but as a vehicle for the idea - giving pleasure to those who were able to watch and hear how a true master would execute even difficult passages effortlessly," writes Walter Frei. This 2-CD set brings together Backhaus's recordings with Karl Bohm and the Vienna Philharmonic of the two Brahms Piano Concertos.
Johannes Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1 - Krystian Zimerman - Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein (1984)

Johannes Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1 - Krystian Zimerman - Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein (1984)
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC (image) | 1 CD | RAR size: 229 MB | scans @ 600dpi | TT 54:09 | RS/FP
Genre: Classical (Romantic) | Released: 1984 | Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog #: 413 472-1 GH

This Zimerman recording of the Brahms Piano Concerto no. 1 may have received some critical lambasting when it was originally released. However, despite this, I find that this recording is unjustly underrated because in its own special way it plumbs the depths of Brahms' heart and soul. Zimerman, although he recorded this in his late-twenties, interprets the solo part with insight, and does not go over-the-top with pianistic pyrotechnics, as most other pianists tend to do. Bernstein leads the Viennese musicians in a sympathetic accompaniment that serves as a perfect foil to Zimerman's parts and allows him to integrate into the orchestral texture. And the DG recording, although not entirely clear, is characterised by the atmosphere and bloom of the Vienna Musikverein, despite the extreme forward balance of the piano.
Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonatas (Rostropovich, Rudolf Serkin) (1990)

Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonatas (Rostropovich, Rudolf Serkin) (1990)
1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC(image) + CUE + LOG | 57:45 | No Scans | 216 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Although very much a composer from the Romantic Period, the music of Brahms tended to be very strict in term of its observence of Classical form. The first movement of this Cello Sonata illustrates this with its beautifully constructed sonata form. Here is the Full Score of this work, plus the individual parts for Cello and Piano.
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concert Nr. 2 - Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concert Nr. 2 - Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Johannes Brahms: Piano Concert Nr. 1 - Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concert Nr. 1 - Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
XLD | FLAC (tracks) | No Log/cue-sheet | front- & back covers, High-def JPEG | ~271 Mb
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3, Cello Sonata No.2 (Katchen, Suk, Starker)

Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3, Cello Sonata No.2 (Katchen, Suk, Starker)
Apple Lossless (XLD) | With Log Files | Decca | 2 CDs, 522 MB
Classical | Cover, no scans | Rapidshare

In the age of Argerich, who brings tightrope-walker tension to chamber music, I doubt that anyone plays the Brahms piano trios with the kind of mellow lushness heard here. Katchen's conception of Brahms was large-scaled but smooth, warm without much psychological struggle. Suk was a honey-toned violinist, and although Starker was the modernist among the three, what's notable here is how perfectly in unison he is with Suk (and blissfully in tune). Decca puts the piano in the middle and the string players close up in their own channels left and right. The result is wide-screen and artificial, of course, since it makes the cello sound as loud as the piano. but the sonic effect is quite luscious.

I've saved my remarks about te interpretations for last. The Brahms trios have attracted great collaborations, and I wouldn't place this one above, say, Istomin-Stern-Rose although it runs ahead of the Beaux Art Trio, for sheer beauty of tone if nothing else. The shortcoming here is a tendency toward cautiousness; these are middle-of-the-road readings that don't capture Brahms' deepest passions. He is placed in the sun too often. But the first two trios aren't sturm and drang works. If you want large-scale performances caught in gorgeous sound, here you go.

–Amazon.com [4 stars] reviewer