- Piano Pieces, Op. 116-119
Johannes Brahms was a terrific pianist. He gave concerts in Europe, and he also toured with the world famous violinist Joseph Joachim. It was Mr. Joachim who premiered Brahms’ violin concerto.
Composing for the piano was a natural activity for Brahms, because he knew the instrument so well. And the piano pieces that are the subject of this recording are some of the most wonderful and satisfying music that Brahms produced. Here are a few selections from my Spotify file:
The tracks on this CD contain the shorter jewels of Brahms’ piano literature, such as the Op. 117, 118, and 119.
All are performed by Mikhail Volchok (piano)
Here is Emanuel Ax, performing the J. BRAHMS ‘Drei Intermezzi’ op. 117:
And next, here is Sviatoslav Richter, playing Brahms’ Piano Pieces Op.116 /3,5,6,7 Op 118/1:
Finally, here is Johannes Brahms’ Romance op.118 no.5 in F, as performed by Wilhelm Kempff, piano: