Friday, March 11, 2016

Brahms Waltzes Op. 39, Nos. 1,13,14

Recorded on my Steinway B, now in my Fort Lauderdale condo. I did this piece in recitals in Madison WI and Fort Lauderdale in the past 6 months, and now have made a good quality video recording for my youtube channel. I plan to do this with several of the pieces played at the recitals.

The first of the waltzes has a very robust opening that always brings back memories of my listening to a Saturday morning radio program produced by KTBC in Austin Texas, that invited students taking music lessons to perform a piece, which I dutifully did when I was 12. The program’s opening music was the first of these Brahms waltzes, and I couldn’t imagine ever being able to play something that sounded so difficult.

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