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Myra Hess plays Brahms Intermezzo opus 117 no. 1 (rec 1941)
   

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):

from Drei Intermezzi opus 117 (1892),
1. Andante moderato in E flat major.

Played by Myra Hess (recorded in 1941). She plays it with tenderness, expression, spirituality, purity and simplicity, but without eroticism, narcissism, mannerism or sentimentality.

"On a smaller and more intimate scale than the surrounding sets of Op. 116, Op. 118 and Op. 119, the composer described these pieces as "lullabies to my sorrows". Here we find Brahms at his most tender and introspective, with only one outburst (in the third Intermezzo) of the characteristic Brahmsian fieryness. The Intermezzi were inspired by a Scottish poem from Herder's Volkslieder, and bear this inscription:

Schlaf sanft mein Kind, schlaf sanft und Schön !
Mich dauert's sehr, dich weinen sehn.

(Sleep softly my child, sleep softly and well !
It hurts my heart to see you weeping.)"

Piano Society.

Painting by Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)



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