Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Brahms, the way it should be played.

Learn all you need to know to play Brahms in three easy steps:

1. Get this CD:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="266" caption="An amazing recording."]An amazing recording.[/caption]

2. Listen to the first 20 seconds. Rock out to Julius Katchen and Janos Starker.

3. Repeat number two as much as you can.

The way Julius Katchen plays those first two notes (F# and B), and the way Janos Starker joins the melodic line sum up for me what Brahms is all about: long lines, depth of expression, a warm sound and playing with a lot of soul.

1 comment:

  1. Abderrahmán AnzaldúaAugust 21, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Great Brahms recording... I love Janos Starker´s beautiful rich sound.
    Starker prefers his named to be pronounced with a hard "S", rather than the German pronunciation "Shtarker" which means "strong."

    Nice you have your blog up...