Brahms Variations and other Piano Works 2018-08-22T21:32:55+00:00

Project Description

Johannes Brahms

Works for Piano

  • Variations on a Hungarian Song, Op.21 No.2

  • Variations on an Original Theme in D Major, Op.21 No.1

  • 6 Klavierstücke Op.118

  • 4 Klavierstücke Op.119

  • Released June 1998

  • Label: Nimbus Records

  • Artist: Mark Anderson

  • Genre: Classical

  • Catalogue No. NI5521

The two sets of variations that make up Brahms’ Op.21 are perhaps less well known and less widely played than his Handel Variations. Nonetheless, these two sets, along with his Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op.9 are extremely complex and touching works that represent an earlier era in Brahms’ life and therefore point directly towards the introspective depth of his later works.

The Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118, are some of the most beloved compositions that Johannes Brahms wrote for solo piano. Completed in 1893, and dedicated to Clara Schumann, the collection was the penultimate composition to be published during Brahms’ lifetime. It was also his penultimate work composed for piano solo.

The Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119, are four character pieces for piano composed by Johannes Brahms in 1893. The collection is the last composition for solo piano by Brahms. Together with the six pieces from Op. 118, Op. 119 was premiered in London in January 1894.


Mark Anderson creates a magical oasis of calm in the Op.118 No.2 and finds so much more than mere energy in the robust opening measures of the ‘Ballade ‘. His temperament is ideally suited to the elusive mix of romanticism and pre-impressionism in Op.119 No.1. Quite without cunning or artifice, his eloquence defines music once described as ‘like the golden lustre of parks in autumn, and the austere black and white of winter walks’

– Gramophone Magazine