In an earlier post, I told you how much I enjoyed the music by Franz Schubert that I had heard performed by Russian- born pianist Sofja Gulbadamova. These things are difficult to express in words. The feeling that this artist expressed in Schubert’s music deeply connected with me.
As some of you know, I am a great fan of the shorter piano pieces by Johannes Brahms. These were published as Opus 116, 117, 118, and 119. For me, these are gems that convey many pianistic moods that are perfect as interludes, and Intermezzos.
Brahms began his career as a choir coach and as a pianist. As such writing for his own instrument positioned him at his strength. In contrast, it stands to reason that he needed some consultation when he composed for other instruments, such as violin or cello, or clarinet.
So now, please enjoy a performance by Ms. Gulbadamova of the Fantasies Opus 116 by Johannes Brahms: