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Alexandre Kantorow|Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata N°3 - Chaconne (Bach) - Four Ballades

Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata N°3 - Chaconne (Bach) - Four Ballades

Alexandre Kantorow

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In 2019, when Alexandre Kantorow, at the age of 22, became the first French pianist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky competition, his programme included no less than three works by Johannes Brahms. Two of these, Piano Sonata No. 2 and the Rhapsody in B Minor, he went on to record for release on his previous, highly praised recital programme, which was awarded distinctions. The Brahms interpretations won Kantorow particular praise – the Guardian (UK) described them as "magisterial" while the website ResMusica placed his sonata "among the great reference recordings of the piece – if not the modern one".

There is much to look forward to, then, when Kantorow releases an all-Brahms album with a playing time of no less than 85 minutes. He opens with music by a composer of a similar age as himself: Brahms wrote the Four Ballades in 1854 while only 21 years old, taking up a fashionable genre introduced by Chopin as late as 1840. The set is followed by the even earlier Sonata No. 3 in F minor which forms the centre of the programme.

The sonata is of almost symphonic dimensions and it was indeed, along with its predecessors, famously described as a disguised symphony by no one less than Robert Schumann. To bring this stormy, impassioned album to a close, Kantorow has chosen a later, and contrasting work: with a lifelong admiration for Bach, Brahms in 1879 made a piano arrangement, for the left hand alone, of the iconic Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin – a composition that Brahms himself described as "a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful impressions". © BIS Records

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Alexandre Kantorow

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4 Ballades, op. 10 (Johannes Brahms)

1
No. 1, Andante - Poco più moto - Allegro
00:05:48

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

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2
No. 2, Andante - Allegro non troppo
00:06:54

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

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3
No. 3, Intermezzo
00:04:44

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

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4
No. 4, Andante con moto - Più lento
00:08:25

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

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Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5 (Johannes Brahms)

5
I. Allegro maestoso
00:12:15

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

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6
II. Andante espressivo
00:11:25

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

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7
III. Scherzo
00:05:16

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

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8
IV. Intermezzo (Rückblick)
00:03:44

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

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9
V. Finale
00:08:23

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

5 Studies, Anh. 1a No. 1 (Johannes Brahms)

10
No. 5, Chaconne von J.S. Bach (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1004)
00:18:17

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Alexandre Kantorow, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

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In 2019, when Alexandre Kantorow, at the age of 22, became the first French pianist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky competition, his programme included no less than three works by Johannes Brahms. Two of these, Piano Sonata No. 2 and the Rhapsody in B Minor, he went on to record for release on his previous, highly praised recital programme, which was awarded distinctions. The Brahms interpretations won Kantorow particular praise – the Guardian (UK) described them as "magisterial" while the website ResMusica placed his sonata "among the great reference recordings of the piece – if not the modern one".

There is much to look forward to, then, when Kantorow releases an all-Brahms album with a playing time of no less than 85 minutes. He opens with music by a composer of a similar age as himself: Brahms wrote the Four Ballades in 1854 while only 21 years old, taking up a fashionable genre introduced by Chopin as late as 1840. The set is followed by the even earlier Sonata No. 3 in F minor which forms the centre of the programme.

The sonata is of almost symphonic dimensions and it was indeed, along with its predecessors, famously described as a disguised symphony by no one less than Robert Schumann. To bring this stormy, impassioned album to a close, Kantorow has chosen a later, and contrasting work: with a lifelong admiration for Bach, Brahms in 1879 made a piano arrangement, for the left hand alone, of the iconic Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin – a composition that Brahms himself described as "a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful impressions". © BIS Records

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