Classical Music Home

The World's Leading Classical Music Group

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
in
 
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews



 
See latest reviews of other albums...

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2013

So we have come to the eighteenth and last volume of the orchestral, vocal and chamber music of Brahms in versions produced in four-hands piano arrangements. This massive venture that has taken the German piano duo of Silke-Thora Matthias and Christian Kohn almost twenty years to complete, this final installment technically the most challenging of all. The objective of the composer was to allow performances of his works outside of those major cities who had the luxury of a symphony orchestra, though the present arrangement calls for two virtuoso pianists that would have been an equal luxury. For a start it required one pianist who could tackle the demands of the solo part, and the other has an even more demanding task of filling in the densely orchestrated role…there are passages that sound even more beautiful than in the orchestral version. The duo do enjoy a very slow tempo for the third movement, but elsewhere the pulse is quite quick, almost dancing their way through the finale that sounds more lighthearted than we would find in the orchestral version. Brahms also arranged music by Joseph Joachim, his friend and violin partner, including the concert overture to Shakespeare’s Henry IV, a highly charged work. The recorded sound continues the outstanding quality I have noted throughout. © 2013 David’s Review Corner






Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
4:55:46 AM, 20 September 2014
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2014 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
-208-
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.