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Brahms: Handel Variations, 2 Rhapsodies, Fantasien

Brahms: Handel Variations, 2 Rhapsodies, Fantasien
Composer Johannes Brahms
Artist Sofya Gulyak piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number PCL0085
EAN code 5060385450208
Release April 2015

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The works on this disc span the whole life of the composer. The Handel Variations brim with energy, pianistic brilliance and youthful pathos, the two Rhapsodies Op. 79 are serious and dramatic while the Fantasien Op. 116 breath the air of melancholy, the reminiscences of old age and sorrowful resignation (Wiegenlieder meiner Schmerzen” as Brahms called his late Intermezzi). Pianist Sofya Gulyak gained international recognition by winning the prestigious 2009 Leeds Competition (the first woman in its history). Her passionate and soaring performance of Brahms’ D minor concerto won the hearts of both audience and jury. Since then she played all the important venues of the world. Her first CD with works of Rachmaninoff received international praise: 5 Stars in French Diapason (“Singing sound…dazzling and powerful execution..”), “Stunning debut album”(Gramophone), “a fearless pianist, proud to wear her heart on her sleeve” (Guardian).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: I. Aria
  2. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: II. Variation 1
  3. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: III. Variation 2, animato
  4. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: IV. Variation 3, dolce
  5. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: V. Variation 4, risoluto
  6. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: VI. Variation 5, espressivo
  7. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: VII. Variation 6, sempre piano
  8. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: VIII. Variation 7, con vivacità
  9. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: IX. Variation 8
  10. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: X. Variation 9, poco sostenuto
  11. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XI. Variation 10, energico
  12. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XII. Variation 11, dolce
  13. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XIII. Variation 12, soave
  14. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XIV. Variation 13, largamente, ma non più
  15. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XV. Variation 14, sciolto
  16. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XVI. Variation 15
  17. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XVII. Variation 16, piano ma marcato
  18. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XVIII. Variation 17, più mosso
  19. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XIX. Variation 18, grazioso
  20. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XX. Variation 19, leggiero e vivace
  21. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XXI. Variation 20, legato
  22. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XXII. Variation 21, dolce
  23. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XXIII. Variation 22
  24. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XXIV. Variation 23, vivace e staccato
  25. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XXV. Variation 24
  26. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XXVI. Variation 25
  27. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24: XXVII. Fuga
  28. 2 Rhapsody, Op. 79: I. Agitato in B Minor
  29. 2 Rhapsody, Op. 79: II. Molto passionato, ma non troppo allegro in G Minor
  30. Fantasien, Op. 116: I. Capriccio in D Minor, presto energico
  31. Fantasien, Op. 116: II. Intermezzo in A Minor, andante
  32. Fantasien, Op. 116: III. Capriccio in G Minor, allegro passionate
  33. Fantasien, Op. 116: IV. Intermezzo in E Major, adagio
  34. Fantasien, Op. 116: V. Intermezzo in E Minor, andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentiment
  35. Fantasien, Op. 116: VI. Intermezzo in E Major, andantino teneramente
  36. Fantasien, Op. 116: VII. Capriccio in D Minor, allegro agitato