Brahms: Two Rhapsodies op. 79

In 1879, about ten years before Johannes Brahms composed his late, melancholic piano pieces, he wrote the two Rhapsodies op. 79 # two markedly passionate and comparatively extensive works. In a letter to the convalescent Clara Schumann, Brahms spoke in a typically understated fashion about the two pieces #with which you can really run riot and test whether the course of treatment has actually had any effect#. We prefer to agree with Brahms# friend Elisabeth von Herzogenberg: #the fact that the g minor is my favourite does not make me insensitive towards the intensely prickly beauty of the one in b minor#. Both of these popular works have now been revised on the basis of the new Brahms Complete Edition.

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