Johannes Brahms: Early Piano Works Vol. 1

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Johannes Brahms: Early Piano Works Vol. 1 57:18 $17.98
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1 Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor op. 2: Allegro non troppo ma energico 5:28 $2.49 Buy
2 Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor op. 2: Andante con espressione 5:20 $2.49 Buy
3 Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor op. 2: Scherzo. Allegro 3:05 $2.49 Buy
4 Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor op. 2: Finale. Introduzione - Allegro non troppo e rubato 9:47 88/24 Album only
5 Variationen uber ein Thema von Robert Schumann in F sharp minor op. 9 14:23 88/24 Album only
6 Ballades op. 10: No. 1. Andante in D minor 3:38 $2.49 Buy
7 Ballades op. 10: No. 2. Andante in D major 5:33 $2.49 Buy
8 Ballades op. 10: No. 3. Intermezzo. Allegro in B minor 3:34 $2.49 Buy
9 Ballades op. 10: No. 4. Andante con moto in B major 6:30 $2.49 Buy

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Brahms recordings are not exactly in short supply in CD catalogues. Nevertheless MDG offers the young pianist Hardy Rittner the chance to demonstrate his superb talent in interpretations of Brahms' early piano compositions. The star of this recording is the original grand piano by Johann Baptist Streicher from 1851, an instrument offering an exact sample of the young Brahms' sound world. In its outstanding state of preservation (most of the strings are original!) it surprised MDG with its unexpectedly manifold and nuanced sound, bright treble, and impressive bass register. Hardy Rittner seems to feel right at home on this instrument.