Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3; Klavierstücke, Op. 116-119 –Philipp Kopachevsky (Piano Classics 2-CD)
Philipp Kopachevsky’s mastery of the lyrical and spiritual elements and the vivid emotion in the music he plays speaks for itself. More than a mere technician, he has the instinct of a born interpreter, which is required in the Brahms he performs here. In addition, he brings out a singing quality that is essential in these specimens of exalted piano music from the extreme ends of the composer’s career.
With their immense variety of moods and textures, these three pieces require a lot more than just technical skill. They cry out for the unerring touch of the true interpreter. Kopachevsky, one of the lights of his generation, gives them all of that, and more.