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If you mainly connect the name Brahms with opulent symphonies, passionate
concertos and weighty piano music, you will be in for a big surprise when you
listen to the Intermezzi op. 117. The music critic Eduard Hanslick talks of a
more restrained, detached style and clearly means the calm, simple and immensely
expressive flowing melodies, which characterize the late piano music of this
Romantic composer. Just how sensitively the performer must tackle these precious
miniatures is described by Clara Schumann with the words "
technique in them demands a fine comprehension and one must be very familiar
with Brahms to play them as Brahms had imagined them".
When it comes to Brahms, Glenn Gould famous for his analytically strict and
emphatic interpretation of Bachs keyboard works proves himself to be a true
poet and thinker at the keyboard. Driven by the melancholy force, his thoughts
find their way, sometimes hesitantly, then moving on with a deep breath, as it
were, to the next deceleration.
In Op. 118 No. 1 the Canadian pianist begins with a passion that wrests
expansive cascades of sound from the keyboard, then finds his way back to
introvert mellifluous tones (Op. 118 No. 2) and increases the drama in the
will-o-the-wispish and futile attempts to come to a redemptory final cadence
(Op. 118 No. 6). It would be hard to find a more closely-knit and intense
rendering than on the present recording.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from
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Glenn Gould, piano
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
1. Intermezzo in E-flat Major, Op. 117, No. 1
2. Intermezzo in B-flat minor, Op. 117, No. 2
3. Intermezzo in C-sharp minor, Op. 117, No. 3
4. Intermezzo in E-flat minor, Op. 118, No. 6
1. Intermezzo in E Major, Op. 116, No. 4
2. Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 76, No. 7
3. Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 76, No. 6
4. Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119, No. 1
5. Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 118, No. 1
6. Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
Recorded September and November 1960 at Columbia Studio, New York.