Throughout her impressive international career, the pianist Orli Shaham has displayed her unwavering passion and exceptional understanding of the music of Johannes Brahms. Admired for her interpretations of both standard and contemporary repertoire, she places Brahms’s late works for solo piano – his most intense and beautiful music – as the keystone of a collection of music history’s most amazing compositions.
Orli Shaham surrounds these masterworks with compositions that specifically inspired the romantic master: works by J.S. Bach, Chopin and Schumann. Her commitment to living composers led her to commission Avner Dorman and Bruce Adolphe to compose works purposefully influenced by Brahms. As luck would have it, Australian composer Brett Dean’s recent Hommage à Brahms für Klavier, fits neatly into this collection.
Like works of art grouped in the same room by the museum's curator, I find the works on this album speak to and illuminate each other. In this collection, I have put together some music which inspired Brahms, as well as some directly and indirectly inspired by him, alongside his majestic final oeuvre. - Orli Shaham
Johannes Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118Franz Schubert: Impromptu, Op. 90, No. 3Bruce Adolphe: My Inner Brahms: an intermezzo*Schumann: Romanze, Op. 28, No. 2Chopin: Berceuse, Op. 57Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117 Disc Two
Avner Dorman: After Brahms:Three Intermezzos for Piano*J.S. Bach: Partita in B-flat major, BWV 825Arnold Schoenberg: Six Easy Pieces, Op. 19Brahms: Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119 Brett Dean: Hommage à Brahms*
*World premiere recording
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Orli Shaham talks about her recital program: Brahms, Debussy, Ravel and Scriabin (short version)