Composition of the Edward Ballade may have afforded vicarious release for a personal inner turmoil that Brahms could never bring himself openly to confess.
The Age (Melbourne)
In his notes, he proposes some interesting psychological ideas concerning the Ballades and their relationship to Schumanns failing health.
Tony Way, The Age (Melbourne)
BRAHMS: Piano Pieces Scherzo in E flat minor Op.4
Four Ballades Op.10
Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel Op.24
Four Pieces op.119
Also included Schumann: Romanze in F# major, Op.28 No.2
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1Op.10 No.1 ("Edward"), No.2, No.3, No.4
1Op.24 Theme, Var.1
1Op.119 No.1, No.2, No.3, No.4
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BRIAN CHAPMAN Piano TPCD971031
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