Sunday 28 January 2018

BBC Music Magazine's Instrumental Choice: Brahms Ballades

“Revelatory Brahms from another age.” 


We are happy to share with you that our recording of Brahms - Ballades Op. 10 / Variations & Fugue on a theme by Handel performed by Nelly Akopian-Tamarina is BBC Music Magazine's Instrumental Choice for February 2018! Read a passage of the review below.


This recording of her Brahms was made at Snape Maltings in 1995, but is only now released for the first time. And it's a revelation: I've never heard Brahms's Handel Variations played like this. The music seems to come from a distant place and time, but it draws us in with the most heart-warming immediacy. It's partly the singing line and the pearlised glow she puts on the notes, and partly the fact that she lets each variation unfold in a natural and unhurried way, as though she and we have all the time in the world. When the score calls for lyricism she finds a caressing tone, and when it demands assertiveness she's absolutely there, but the drama is restrained until the towering fugue at the close.


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Michael Church

Read the full review on BBC Music Magazine - February 2018 issue