Emmanuel Despax: Brahms


Following the acclaimed Bach recording ‘Spira, Spera’ in early 2021, Emmanuel Despax releases a recording of his most treasured piano concerto alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Litton. The concerto is paired with the 16 Waltzes (op.39) for piano four-hands, performed here with his wife and fellow pianist, Miho Kawashima.

“Recording Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is a childhood dream of mine, and it was wonderful to play it with such outstanding musicians. I have grown up with it, obsessively listening to all the recordings I could find for months on end, and it is hard to describe what this piece represents to me … I wanted to pair the concerto with the exquisite Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 for piano four hands, and show a more intimate side of Brahms. Each one is a different shade, a different mood, like daily entries in one’s personal diary. It was very special for me to be joined by my wife Miho Kawashima to record these charming and delightful pieces.” – Emmanuel Despax


Emmanuel Despax piano

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton conductor

Miho Kawashima violin

Release date: 02/07/21

Catalogue number: SIGCD666

Barcode: 635212068021

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
1 I. Maestoso
2 II. Adagio
3 III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo

16 Waltzes, Op. 39 for Piano Four-Hands
4 No. 1 in B Major. Tempo giusto
5 No. 2 in E Major
6 No. 3 in G-Sharp Minor
7 No. 4 in E Minor. Poco sostenuto

8 No. 5 in E Major
9 No. 6 in C-Sharp Major. Vivace
10 No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor. Poco più Andante
11 No. 8 in B-Flat Major
12 No. 9 in D Minor
13 No. 10 in G Major
14 No. 11 in B Minor
15 No. 12 in E Major
16 No. 13 in C Major
17 No. 14 in A Minor
18 No. 15 in A Major
19 No. 16 in D Minor

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