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Magnificent Form

Peter Katin plays Brahms -
heard by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... Katin is in his element, moulding the arching phrases with complete mastery.'

Peter Katin - Brahms Piano Works. © 2011 Divine Art Ltd

A pianist friend of mine used to tell me that as a young girl she stayed at the same summer resort as Brahms, who played over to her the late piano pieces he had just composed. Bernard Shaw, certainly no Brahmsian, heard her perform them in early 1894, and thought them the 'only part of the concert' he enjoyed. Brahms can challenge pianists on the grandest scale with those gigantic concertos, but it is good to be reminded now and again how skilful he could also be as a miniaturist.

Perhaps the loveliest piece on the CD, and one that I can still play with satisfaction even if my technical powers diminish by the month, is the second of the Op 116 Intermezzos in E major...

Copyright © 15 December 2011 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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PETER KATIN - BRAHMS PIANO WORKS

JOHANNES BRAHMS

PETER KATIN

PIANO MUSIC

DIVINE ART LTD

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