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Brahms and Berg Piano Sonatas

Stephen Johnson compares the first published works of Brahms and Berg, examining how each re-imagined the classical idea of a 'piano sonata'.

Stephen Johnson looks at two startling "Opus Ones", featured in the second half of tonight's concert, from composers who despite their youth were already masters of their art. Stephen compares the first published works of Brahms and Berg, and examines how each re-imagined the classical idea of a 'piano sonata'.

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20 minutes

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata for piano Op. 106 (Hammerklavier) - 1st movement

    Performer: Claudio Arrau.
    • Philips 468 912-2.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Sonata for piano No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2 - 1st movement

    Performer: Krystian Zimmerman.
    • Deutsche Grammophon 423 401-2.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Sonata for piano No. 1 in C, Op. 1 - 1st movement

    Performer: Krystian Zimmerman.
    • Deutsche Grammophon 423 401-2.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasia in C major, D760 (Wanderer Fantasy)

    Performer: Lang Lang.
    • Deutsche Grammophon 474 820-2.
    • 6.

Credits

Role Contributor
Composer Johannes Brahms
Composer Alban Berg

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