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Jonathan Plowright gives us luxurious 5-star Brahms playing

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Brahms Paganini Variations Books 1 & 2, Ballades Op 10, Piano Pieces Op 119, Two Rhapsodies Op 79

BIS 2137

5 stars

 

Jonathan Plowright is among the very finest of present-day British pianists. On record, he is known for his advocacy of the lesser-known composers, not least a range of Polish Romantics such as Paderewski and Stojowski. The Paganini Variations are the obvious summit on the fourth volume of his Brahms cycle, full of incredible finger dexterity and richness of tone, even if he allows himself a few odd tempo fluctuations in the first few variations. The rest of the album, however, is more impressive still. The Four Ballades Op 10 hark back to Julius Katchen (a Brahmsian without compare), in their organic evolution, in Plowright’s hands, from the late Classicism of Beethoven. The late and elusive Op 119 pieces find Plowright at his best, with an outstanding singing tone and the ability to sustain a long line. MD

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