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Brahms: Bach/Brahms Chaconne from BWV1004

Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Bach/Brahms Chaconne from BWV1004

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Brahms

Bach/Brahms Chaconne from BWV1004

Brahms Klavierstucke, Op 76. Two Rhapsodies, Op 79. Seven Piano Pieces, Op 116

Anna Vinnitskaya pf

Alpha (F) ALPHA231 (73' * DDD)

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Along with many others who heard Anna Vinnitskaya's recording of Prokofiev and Ravel concertos after her 2007 victory at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, I was mightily impressed by her, both as a musician and as a pianist. Encountering her new recording of Brahms, however, was a bit perplexing, so unconventional can her interpretations be. Only after repeated listening have some of the performances seemed fully persuasive.

The decision to place Brahms's transcription of the Bach Chaconne at the head of the programme was a singularly unhappy one. No attempt is made at Baroque style, much less one filtered through Brahms's 19th-century lens. Instead we hear deep seriousness of approach, rigidly unvaried arpeggiation and careful observation of staccatos where marked. …

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