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BRAHMS: Rhapsodies, Op. 79 / Waltzes, Op. 39

Composer(s):Brahms, Johannes
Artist(s) Jando, Jeno, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570290
Label Naxos
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Written in Vienna in 1864, and perhaps an early tribute to the city he had made his home, Brahms’s Waltzes, Op. 39 were originally conceived as piano duets (available on Naxos 8.553139) and arranged for solo piano in 1867. These exquisite miniatures are characterised by a joyful abandon not usually associated with this composer. With their quasi-orchestral texture, the two Rhapsodies, Op. 79 alternate passages of passionate urgency and tender lyricism. Dedicated to ‘a beloved friend’ Clara Schumann, the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel are a remarkable series of 25 variations varying in mood and texture, followed by a final fugue showing consummate mastery of the form.

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Jandó opens with the Rhapsodies: the first, although marked Agitato, seems just a shade rushed at the opening, but it soon settles down; the Molto passionato of the G minor is well judged. The lovely Intermezzi are sensitively done, but Jandó is at his best in the Waltzes, have both sparkle and affection. The Handel Variations are well characterized but a little lightweight. Yet this may be partly due to the Hungarian studio acoustic; the recording is truthful and present…

Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2007

Is this going to form part of a new Brahms piano music cycle from long-time Naxos house pianist, Jeno Jando? His playing is always thoughtful, never flashy or questionable, though I know those who prefer greater personal involvement by the soloist. Others realise that Jando is a pianist you can return to when others have long left the catalogue, and so is the case here. Listen to the first of the waltzes where it has become custom to elongate the first note each time the phrase comes round, Jando playing it strictly in waltz time, his unaffected rhythmic approach continuing throughout the work, happiness being the key ingredient. Don’t let me have you think these are faceless readings, Jando shapes the music with great affection, as you would do with old friends. The two



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