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Recorded by Little Tribeca at the Eglise Saint Pierre (Paris) in april 2016
Artistic direction, sound engineering, editing and mastering: Maximilien Ciup
Piano Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280 no.51122
Tuning: François-Xavier Soulard (Régie Piano)
Released: 14 June 2019
Brahms: Intermezzi, Rhapsodies
Following a previous recording devoted to Mozart, François Chaplin has chosen Brahms' latest opus for solo piano: Rhapsodies, op. 79 and the intermezzi from Klavierstücke, op. 117 and 118.
The Rhapsodies, moving and powerful scores, express Brahms' sober melancholy. Far from his symphonic works, the interludes of opus 117 and 118, true miniatures, reveal the inner imagination of the composer.
Brahms talks directly to the heart of the listener with his mature and sober poetry. Within these Klavierstücke, the interlude is a humble but generous genre where the musician gathers freely the fruits of his most intimate inspiration. These « lullabies of pain », as he called them, are composed during summer in the Austrian countryside, dear to this sturdy northern German.
The emotion that emerges from it is all the more intense as it measures his artistic evolution. On this journey, François Chaplin brings out a soft poetry from a contained lyricism.
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Rarely does one come across a pianist with something genuinely fresh and perceptive to say in Brahms. Francois Chaplin is one of those few.
Six Piano Pieces, op.118 (1893)
2. Intermezzo in A major Andante teneramente
3. Ballade in G minor Allegro energico
4. Intermezzo in F minor Allegretto un poco agitato
6. Intermezzo in E-flat minor Andante, largo e mesto
Four Piano Pieces, op.119 (1893)
8. Intermezzo in E minor Andantino un poco agitato
10. Rhapsodie in E-flat major Allegro risoluto
Two Rhapsodies, op.79 (1879)
12. Rhapsodie no.2 in G minor Molto passionato, ma non troppo allegro
Three Intermezzi, op.117 (1892)
14. Intermezzo in B-flat minor Andante non troppo e con molto espressione