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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Johannes Brahms – Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 in E flat major


The 3 Intermezzi Op. 117 were composed in 1892 and are among the best-loved and most popular of Brahms‘ autumnal late piano output. 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: Idil Biret

Picture: Winter, Close of Day by George Innes

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Great Compositions/Performances: Kempff plays Brahms Intermezzo op.117 no.1 in E flat

Johannes Brahms, Intermezzo op.117 no.1 in E flat.

Wilhelm Kempff, piano.
Recorded in 1950.

Great Performances: Johannes Brahms 4 Pieces for Piano Op.119, Radu Lupu

Johannes Brahms 4 Pieces for Piano Op.119, Radu Lupu
Johannes Brahms 4 Pieces for Piano Op.119

I. Intermezzo in B minor –3:16
II. Intermezzo in E minor 3:168:36
III. Intermezzo in C major 8:3610:17
IV. Rhapsody in E flat major. 10:17

Radu Lupu Piano

Great Conductors/Great Performances: Cavalleria Rusticana-INTERMEZZO-Georges Prêtre-Chorégies d’Orange 2009

Cavalleria Rusticana” – Pietro Mascagni (* 7.12. 1863 – † 2.8.1945). INTERMEZZO. Chorégies d’Orange 4.8.2009 / France 3 LIVE / Direction musicale: Georges Prêtre. Orchestre National de France. / Merci Maestro!!!

Happy Birthday, Maestro! (*14. August 1924)


Bizet / Herbert von Karajan, 1958: L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 – Intermezzo, Minuet, Farandole

Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in this 1958 recording of the Intermezzo, Minuet and Farandole from the L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2. I created this video from the LP depicted above, issued in 1958 on the Angel label, serial number S. 35618. All images in this video are taken from the LP label (3:47) and LP jacket (10:14), front and reverse. (An image of the reverse side of the jacket appears at the end of the video.)

Movement 2: Intermezzo
Movement 3: Minuet (5:17)
Movement 4: Farandole (9:23)

Movement 1: Pastorale – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-fyBs…

More from this LP:

L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 – Prelude (1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZKYXD…

L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 – Minuet, Allegro giocoso (2):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFo-A0…

L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 – Adagietto (3):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Axb5e…

L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 – Carillon (4): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3FJJu…

Carmen, Suite No. 1 – Prelude, Act : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iSqEy…


Puccini – Manon Lescaut – Intermezzo ( Tell me: Don’t you think it is Divine?)

Intermezzo between act 2 and 3 from the opera Manon Lescaut composed by Giacomo Puccini. I believe this intermezzo is the most beautiful among other composers’ intermezzi.

Tell me: Don’t you find it  divine?