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Offline scherzo123

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Favorite Brahms Piano Works
« on: August 26, 2012, 10:44:43 PM »
Mine are his Rhapsodies Op.79, Intermezzi Op.117, Piano Quartet Op.60, Piano Concerto No.2, and Klavierstucke Op.118. Any piano concertos or piano chamber music count too!!!  ;D
Bach Prelude and Fugue BWV848
Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.13
Chopin Etude Op.10 No.4
Chopin Scherzo Op.31
Mussorgsky "The Great Gate of Kiev" from Pictures at an Exhibition

Offline rachmaninoff_forever

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #1 on: August 26, 2012, 11:15:20 PM »
His Hungarian dances for solo piano.
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Offline davidjosepha

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #2 on: August 26, 2012, 11:20:36 PM »
Mine are his Rhapsodies Op.79, Intermezzi Op.117, Piano Quartet Op.60, Piano Concerto No.2, and Klavierstucke Op.118. Any piano concertos or piano chamber music count too!!!  ;D

You basically listed half his piano works.

My favorites would be his Scherzo, Op. 4 and Sonata No. 3

Offline nanabush

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #3 on: August 29, 2012, 07:28:53 AM »
I'm really digging his Op 117... During high school I was obsessed with playing "fast and difficult" pieces, and really had to rethink 'my ways' when I started taking music at university.  I'm playing this set as part of my recital program for this year, and it's just incredible how he balances these freaking pieces!  It's such a serene grouping between some Rachmaninoff Preludes...

The melody in Op 117 #1 instantly drew me to these; I had only played his G minor Rhapsody, a few of his Waltzes, and 4 hand versions of the Hungarian Dances, and was aware that his melodic writing is incredible.  So I had heard the Op 117 before, but hadn't REALLY sat and taken it all in.  Now that I'm actually starting to work at these (I've baaaarely gotten started!) I get the chills when I get around to these during practice  :D
Interested in discussing:

-Prokofiev Toccata
-Scriabin Sonata 2

Offline davidjosepha

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #4 on: August 29, 2012, 01:16:51 PM »
Learning the entire opus? That's pretty cool. I did that with op. 79, but that's pretty easy since it's just 2 pieces. Are you planning to perform the opus together at some point?

Offline nanabush

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #5 on: August 29, 2012, 07:13:39 PM »
You bet!

I haven't started learning the second or third parts, but the whole set is going to be part of my programme.

I'm playing some Rach and Debussy in the second half, and they are pretty energetic pieces, so the Brahms in between is like a mini intermission :P
Interested in discussing:

-Prokofiev Toccata
-Scriabin Sonata 2

Offline davidjosepha

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #6 on: August 29, 2012, 08:50:42 PM »
I'm playing some Rach and Debussy in the second half, and they are pretty energetic pieces, so the Brahms in between is like a mini intermission :P

Is everything in your signature going to be performed?

Offline 49410enrique

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #7 on: August 29, 2012, 09:37:33 PM »

well the whole thing but first mvmnt is my favorite mvmnt.


Offline mousekowski

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #8 on: August 29, 2012, 10:44:07 PM »
Op.76 No.5 is my favourite by a mile. Wonderful half-crazed passion. I've had a go at taming it a few years ago but gave up. I'll come back to it one day...
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Beethoven Emperor
Bach Goldbergs

Offline nanabush

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #9 on: August 30, 2012, 12:48:06 AM »
Everyone but the etudes I think.  I might add 2 more Rach preludes, or resurrect either Estampes or Pour le Piano by Debussy.

I'm trying to get a good variety of stuff so that between my 3rd year (2011/12) and this year has enough rep for audition material.  The etudes (along with a few from last year) just in case they want to hear one or two in addition.
Interested in discussing:

-Prokofiev Toccata
-Scriabin Sonata 2

Offline davidjosepha

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #10 on: August 30, 2012, 02:17:18 AM »
Ah, cool. I really like your choice of Rach preludes, op. 23 nos. 2,4,5,6 are just great. If you throw in another, I'd consider 32/13. You also might want to consider adding one of the etudes-tableaux instead of another prelude.

And 25/11 is my favorite Chopin etude.

Carry on 8)

Offline mozartk365

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #11 on: November 14, 2012, 02:09:41 AM »
Two rhapsodies, Op.79 and Paganini Variations

Offline haydnseeker

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #12 on: November 15, 2012, 09:47:34 PM »
All 20 pieces in the Opp. 116-119 sets.

Of the larger works, I like the Handel Variations most.

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Re: Favorite Brahms Piano Works
«Reply #13 on: November 20, 2012, 06:50:51 PM »
Rhapsodies op.79, and Hungarian Dances.