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Antonin Kubalek, Piano

DOR-90141 Cover - 17836 Bytes Tempestuous disagreement has characterized much of what has been written about Johannes Brahms and his music: some have dismissed him quite mercilessly, while others have ensconced him in the pantheon reserved for the likes of Bach, Beethoven and others.
Why the doubt, hesitation and missunderstanding of the 1880s and 1890s?   Why this feeling that Brahms was an inaccessible, barren intellectual - a recluse of the mind who dwelt in solitude?   The answer is a simple one.   Unexpectedly, in the midst of the swirling vortex of Romanticism with its unbridled passion and glowing poetry, there appeared this serious, sober-minded artist who insisted on restrained expression, as well as the preservation of the sonata form and other structures that were the staples of the classicists.   And because of the masterful intellectual control exhibited in his writing, he was accused of abjuring imagination and feeling.   It was at just this time that the structural and harmonic foundations of music were under attack from the Liszt-Wagner camp, and the arts were beginning to embrace a virtual cult of Unreason.   An artist such as Brahms whose works achieved a noble dignity of expression precisely because they blended intense passion with equal measures of reason and control, was bound to draw fire - to be pilloried in the most "progressive" musical circles as a regressive throwback.
- Antonin Kubalek


Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5
[1] Sonate: Allegro maestoso
[2] Andante: Andante espressivo
[3] Scherzo: Allegro energico
[4] Intermezzo: Andante molto
[5] Finale: Allegro moderato ma rubato

16 Waltzes, Op. 39
[6] Number 1
[7] Number 2
[8] Number 3
[9] Number 4
[10] Number 5
[11] Number 6
[12] Number 7
[13] Number 8
[14] Number 9
[15] Number 10
[16] Number 11
[17] Number 12
[18] Number 13
[19] Number 14
[20] Number 15
[21] Number 16

Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
[22] I. Andante moderato
[23] II. Andante non troppo e con molta espressione
[24] III. Andante con moto

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