Love Songs in the form of the Viennese waltz
“A house stands apart on the Danube’s wide shore, a rosy lass lives there according to lore.“
When Brahms wrote his most beautiful Love Songs Opus 52, he inevitably chose the form of the Viennese waltz. Even he, the “cool” musician from Northern Germany, could not resist singing the praises of the pretty young women of Austria with a “hot” 3/4. His friend Eduard Hanslick ironically remarked that Vienna seduced Brahms into committing a “waltzing deadly sin”. While the singers of the Camerata Styria revel in the “Love Songs”, two pianists waltz in four hands.
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Liebeslieder-Walzer (Love Songs), op. 52 (for choir and piano four-hands)
Hungarian dances, WoO1 & Waltzes, op. 39 (for piano four hands)
Recorded on 4 July 2021 at the Styriarte Festival in the Helmut List Halle in Graz.
A film made by reziprok (Roland Renner).
A production from the House of Styriarte.
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