Brahms - The Final Piano Pieces | Hyperion CDA68116

Brahms - The Final Piano Pieces


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68116

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd January 2020



A collection of exquisite Brahmsian miniatures: brief meditations on last things before – in Stephen Hough’s own words – ‘the light fades and the final cigar is extinguished’.

‘Stephen Hough has proved himself a superb Brahms player in various discs of the solo piano music, and this very satisfying double album of the two Concertos confirms and augments his reputation’ – BBC Music Magazine (Brahms - Piano Concertos, CDA67961)


Blend imaginative yet learned interpretation, profound sensitivity and poetry, and personal charisma, and you have here one of the finest accounts of Brahms’s late piano works on record, one that stands head and shoulders above most contenders in an ever-growing catalogue. ... Hough reveals each miniature as a compact piece of theatre, putting an array of timbres and varied accentuation at its service. For him late Brahms is evidently not so much Prospero hanging up his magic garments as a compilation of many characters and soliloquys, and certainly much more than ‘lullabies of his grief’.  Michelle Assay (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone January 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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