Benjamin Hochman.


Benjamin Hochman:

  • “Variations”.

On this recording, pianist Benjamin Hochman explores an age-old art form with works ranging from Brahms’ Handel Variations to 20th and 21st century inspirations by George Benjamin, Luciano Berio, Oliver Knussen, and Peter Lieberson.

Specifically, the selections are:

Benjamin, G:

  • Meditation on Haydn’s Name


  • Cinque Variazioni (1952/1953 – revised 1966)


  • Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24


  • Variations, Op. 24

Lieberson, P:

  • Piano Variations

Performed by Benjamin Hochman (piano)

At the heart of the album is the “Handel Variations” by Brahms, a grand master of this art form. The four shorter Piano Variations on this recording are by major composers of the late 20th and early 21st century: Oliver Knussen, Luciano Berio, George Benjamin and Peter Lieberson. Each composition is a piece of great beauty but with results that are strikingly diverse.

Here is Mr. Hochman, playing the music of Bach:



And next, here is his interpretation of Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat Major, Op. 61:



Finally, here is a video of Miklos Perenyi, cello and Benjamin Hochman, piano, performing the
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99 – I. Allegro vivace:



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