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 Post subject: Re: Brahms Intermezzo #2, Op 118, A Major
PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:03 am 
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Re "piu lento": at the bottom of page 2 of most editions; at any rate, just 2 bars prior to the in tempo repeat!

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 Post subject: Re: Brahms Intermezzo #2, Op 118, A Major
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:55 am 
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Absolutely exquisite playing, John. I too can't see how you could have found anything not to like about your interpretation here (though I also understand the feeling of looking back on a recording and not liking certain things). The only negative remark I would have it about the sound, which, although highly professional, seems a bit artificial.

But as for the playing, not so at all: wonderful arching melodic contours, subtle accentuation of inner voices, and a lyrical expansiveness that is so characteristic of the German spat romantiks -- your performance has an almost Wagnerian tension in the climaxes (despite the rivalries between the two Brahms and Wagner schools, their music seems to share that sometimes).

Wonderful playing.

Joe

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 Post subject: Re: Brahms Intermezzo #2, Op 118, A Major
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:10 am 
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An artificiality about the sound: yes, I agree completely.

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