Brahms Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2 Barry Douglas
- Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): 4 Ballades, Op. 10:
- 1Brahms: 4 Ballades, Op. 10: No. 2 in D Major06:53
- 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118:
- 2Brahms: 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118: No. 3, Ballade in G Minor03:17
- 3 intermezzi, Op. 117:
- 3Brahms: 3 intermezzi, Op. 117: No. 2 in B-Flat Minor03:53
- 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119:
- 4Brahms: 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119: No. 4, Rhapsody in E-Flat Major05:15
- 7 Fantasies, Op. 116:
- 5Brahms: 7 Fantasies, Op. 116: No. 2, Intermezzo in A Minor03:55
- 6Brahms: 7 Fantasies, Op. 116: No. 6, Intermezzo in E Major03:47
- 4 Ballades, Op. 10:
- 7Brahms: 4 Ballades, Op. 10: No. 3 in B Minor, "Intermezzo"04:04
- Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5:
- 8Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: I. Allegro maestoso - Più animato10:37
- 9Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: II. Andante09:54
- 10Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: III. Scherzo. Allegro energico04:48
- 11Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: IV. Intermezzo (Rückblick). Andante molto04:19
- 12Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5: V. Finale. Allegro moderato ma rubato07:44
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Seit der irische Pianist Barry Douglas 1986 den ersten Preis beim Tschaikowsky-Wettbewerb in Moskau gewann (übrigens als erster nicht-russischer Pianist seit Van Cliburn!), hat er sich als international gefragter Pianist und Dirigent etabliert. Für seine Gesamteinspielung der Klavierwerke von Johannes Brahms hat sich Douglas dafür entschieden, weder starr chronologisch noch nach den einzelnen Gattungen vorzugehen, sondern die einzelnen Stücke in eine neue Beziehung zueinander zu setzen. Die Kritik nahm dieses ungewöhnliche Konzept mehr als nur wohlwollend und interessiert auf, und so dürfen wir auf CHANDOS der Entstehung eines ganz besonderen, neuartigen Brahms-Zyklus beiwohnen.
"…this cycle looks set to become a benchmark version to rival that of the much esteemed Katchen, and with fabulous sound quality to match." (IRR)
"Much of Brahms's piano music, with its galloping rhythms and urgent melodic figures, can be called "demonic", the word his friend Schumann used to describe the younger composer's Ballade in B minor Op 10 No 3. It starts in satanic vein but opens into tender lyricism, another Brahms trait. In Volume 2 of the piano music, Barry Douglas is particularly successful with this B minor Ballade, and in the Sonata No 3 Op 5 written around the same time. There's a tendency towards heaviness in the Ballade Op 10 No 2, but the Intermezzi (Op 116 Nos 2 and 6, Op 117 no 2) and the Rhapsody Op 119 no 4 are handled with skill, perception and dignity." (Observer)
"Douglas superbly draws out the contrasts within each piece, bringing out their individual character."
"In the Impromptus, Douglas allows the music room to breathe while rendering its structure with clear-sighted rigour. It is a marvellous account, the Andantino a model of power and delicacy succeeded by a quicksilver Scherzo, all superbly captured by the Chandos rich sound." (BBC Music Magazine)
Barry Douglas, Klavier
has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.
Barry Douglas Picture 2015Barry opened the 17/18 season performing Tchaikovsky with the Halle Orchestra, after which he began new collaborations with both the Endellion String Quartet and the Borodin Quartet. He toured in recital in the UK and USA and performed with orchestras across the globe from Canada to Europe to China to Russia. During the 16/17 season Barry performed two full Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto cycles in Ireland with the RTE Orchestra in Dublin and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. He also gave performances of Tchaikovsky’s first Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, and opened the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s concert season, all marking the 30th anniversary of his Tchaikovsky International Competition win.
Other recent and future highlights include performances at BBC Proms in the Park with the Ulster Orchestra, a UK tour with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, and appearances with Orchestre de Auvergne, Barcelona Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony orchestras. He also recently gave the premiere of Kevin Volans’ fourth piano concerto with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and performed in recital at the Verbier Festival.
He has previously given concerts with the BBC Scottish Symphony, London Symphony, Russian National, Cincinnati Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Staatskapelle, Halle, Orchestre National de France, Seattle Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, among others. Barry regularly plays in recitals throughout the world, with recent performances in the UK, the Netherlands, Armenia, Mexico, China and the US.
Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist. He recently completed recording the full works for solo piano of Brahms, the six albums of which have received much critical praise. International Record Review wrote that “this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority… this cycle looks set to become a benchmark version.” The interesting programming of each disc presents each album as a stand-alone recital, providing a varied and engaging listening experience. His current recording project focusses on the solo piano works of Schubert; the fourth and final disc will be released next season. Last season he also began a new series, recording Tchaikovsky solo piano music. Also with Chandos Barry is exploring Irish folk music through his own arrangements, working with ancient melodies through to pieces by contemporary song writers. The first in this series, Celtic Reflections, was released in September 2014 and was followed in 2016 by a second disc: Celtic Airs.
In 1999 Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland to celebrate and nurture the very best of young musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to striving for musical excellence, one of the orchestra’s aims is to further the peace process in Ireland by promoting dialogue and collaboration through its musical education programmes. Barry regularly tours with Camerata Ireland throughout the world and visited the US in the spring of 2018. Highlights of past seasons were Camerata Ireland’s debut at the BBC Proms in London and a world premiere of a new cantata commissioned by The Honourable The Irish Society, “At Sixes and Sevens”, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Derry-Londonderry becoming City of Culture 2013. Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music.