Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy Birthday

To the great Johannes Brahms.


Anonymous said...

Loved the version here. Not too much rubato.



Pentimento said...

Oh, I love it too! To me it's the essence of Brahms - the elegant exterior and restraint that only partially masks profound depths of emotion. And with Brahms, there is always a sense of melancholy, loss, even death beneath that surface. The restraint that Lipatti uses makes the piece almost more moving, I think, than when it's played at a slower tempo or with more rubato . . . though more rubato would be very much part of the late-nineteenth-century Viennese waltz style.