ALC 0036

ALC 0036 Brahms

Original Transcriptions For Piano Four Hands
Op. 51 No. 1 in Do Minor - No. 2 in La Minor
Op. 67 in Si bemolle Major
Op. 25 in Sol Minor

Label: Aulicus Classics

Category: Classical Music

Composers: J. Brahms

Artists: Stefania Redaelli, Dal Santo Gabriele

Stefania Redaelli, piano

Gabriele Dal Santo, piano

Format: 2 CD

Cat. number: ALC 0036

Release: February 2020

A precious bond exists between Johannes Brahms and the four-hand piano repertoire. It has often been held that his pages thought for two pianists at the same keyboard were sketches, a sort of preliminary “cartoons” for the rich musical “fresco” that was to ensue; the sense of those works was different, though. They were not simple preliminary versions, but alternatives: they did put to test forms and structures in sight of a future elaboration, but they also fully honored the expressive capabilities of the piano. Even when Brahms seemed instead to be approaching the four-hand “reduction”, that is to say transcriptions that took the opposite way, by rendering playable on a single piano a composition previously published in an ensemble version, for the sake of education or profit, the result was the same: the creation of a parallel to the pristine work, one that was independent from it.

Preview Tracks CD 1

1. Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1: I. Allegro

2. Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1: II. Romanza, Poco Adagio

3. Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1: III. Allegretto molto comodo. Trio, Un poco più animato

4. Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1: IV. Allegro

5. Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51 No. 2: I. Allegro non troppo

6. Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51 No. 2: II. Andante moderato

7. Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51 No. 2: III. Quasi minuetto, Moderato. Allegretto vivace

8. Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51 No. 2: IV. Finale, Allegro non troppo assai

Preview Tracks CD 2

1. Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major, Op. 67: I. Vivace

2. Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major, Op. 67: II. Andante

3. Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major, Op. 67: III. Agitato, Allegretto non troppo. Trio

4. Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major, Op. 67: IV. Poco Allegretto con Variazioni

5. Quartet No. 1 for Piano and Strings in G Minor, Op. 25: I. Allegro

6. Quartet No. 1 for Piano and Strings in G Minor, Op. 25: II. Intermezzo, Allegro ma non troppo. Trio, Un poco animato

7. Quartet No. 1 for Piano and Strings in G Minor, Op. 25: III. Andante con moto

8. Quartet No. 1 for Piano and Strings in G Minor, Op. 25: IV. Presto, Rondo alla Zingarese