Brahms: Complete Variations

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Composer: Johannes Brahms
Artist: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (piano)

Being a talented pianist Brahms often improvised on the instrument. From the extensive body of works written for the piano by Brahms, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy has chosen all five sets of variations. This music shows the composer in all his different appearances: from simple lines and texture to almost bombastic bravura. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy is one of the leading pianists of his generation. At university he passed all his examinations with highest distinction and since he was a child he has been winning an impressing amount of top-prizes in international piano competitions throughout the world. He constantly expands his worldwide concert activity.

In his playing Schmitt manages to unravel complex structures without destroying them. His performances are attractively light and transparent with a wide range of colours.

00:00:00 Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I
00:14:03 Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II
00:26:20 Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861)
00:53:32 Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57)
01:11:40 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54)
01:18:54 Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854)

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