Brahms: Piano Sonatas, Rhapsodies
Both sonatas recorded here are the work of the young Brahms—still a teenager when he wrote Op 2—and perfectly complement the much later rhapsodies. These are magisterial accounts from a pianist noted for his mastery of the Romantics.
Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets
Amy Beach’s piano quintet proved a deservedly popular success in its early years. It makes a compelling—and surprising—match for Elgar’s own piano quintet: a late work contemporary with the cello concerto, and which inhabits the same emotional landscape.
Martinů: Piano Concerto No. 4
Recorded live at Glasgow's City Halls, Garrick Ohlsson joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ilan Volkov for this Martinů recording.
Brahms: Late Piano Works
Brahms announced his retirement from composing on more than one occasion, but these are among the last solo pieces he wrote for piano. By contrast, the Op 4 scherzo is the work of an eighteen-year-old, and the earliest he approved for publication.