About the album
Peter Orth: While it may seem that everything has been recorded in the classical canon, I’ve found there still is room for new interpretations. Oddly, the piano music of Johannes Brahms has by no means been exhausted.
In my experience with American music teaching, the great masters were very much handled with a certain distant reverence - when in actuality they need to be approached naturally. Coming to live in Germany where the composers lived and worked removes these pedestals in favor of understanding their lives in the context of their surroundings.
Having been in the same room to hear the likes of Callas, Baker, Bernstein, Celibidache, Horowitz, Rubinstein, Serkin, to mention only a few, showed me viscerally what kind of fire is involved in making a musical statement. Perhaps having been witness to a time now gone, arguably the last of the great performing generation, has informed in my ethos a kind of measuring stick against which to measure myself and be responsible to. Whether I can live up to any of it is not for me to say.
118 Klavierstücke, Op. 76 Capriccio. Un poco agitato
128 Klavierstücke, Op. 76 Capriccio. Allegretto non troppo
138 Klavierstücke, Op. 76 Intermezzo. Grazioso
148 Klavierstücke, Op. 76 Intermezzo. Allegretto grazioso
158 Klavierstücke, Op. 76 Capriccio. Agitato, ma non troppo Presto
168 Klavierstücke, Op. 76 Intermezzo. Andante con moto
178 Klavierstücke, Op. 76 Intermezzo. Moderato semplice
188 Klavierstücke, Op. 76 Capriccio. Grazioso ed un poco vivace
192 Rhapsodies, Op. 79 Agitato
1102 Rhapsodies, Op. 79 Molto passionato, ma non troppo allegro
111Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 Allegro maestoso
112Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 Andante espressivo
113Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 Scherzo. Allegro energico — Trio
114Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 Intermezzo. Andante molto
115Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5 Finale. Allegro moderato ma rubato