Hardy Rittner Archive
BRAHMS: Complete Piano Music Vol. 4 = Zwei Rhapsodien; Klavierstücke; Scherzo; Walzer – Hardy Rittner, p. – MD&G
Is this how Brahms heard his own works in performance? Very possibly. The experience will challenge the ear attuned to the modern piano.
BRAHMS: Late Piano Works, Op. 116-119; Bonus Conversation: Brahms and His Pianos – Gwendolyn Mok, p. – MSR Classics
Historical? Yes. But Mok finds a way beyond the archeology trap.
A very well done set of the intimidating Etudes on a piano of Chopin’s time.
Brahms First Piano Concerto as he heard it?
BRAHMS: Complete Piano Music Vol. 3 – Late Piano Works = Fantasien, Op. 116; Drei Intermezzi, Op. 117; Klavierstücke, Op. 118; Klavierstücke, Op. 119 – Hardy Rittner, piano – MD&G
It’s instructive and pleasurable to hear these works played on instruments Brahms would have known first-hand; the quieter, gentler pieces fare best.