Terhi Dostal - Brahms Variations
Terhi Dostal - Brahms Variations (SACD-1006)
Terhi Dostal - piano
Recorded December 19–21 and 28–30, 2009, and July 5–10, 2010 at the Sibelius Academy Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland.
Recording and editing: Jon-Patrik Kuhlefelt.
Mastering and SACD authoring: Esa Santonen / DER digital editing room.
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
1. Variations on a Theme by Schumann, op. 9 (18.29)
2. Variations on an Original Theme in D major, op. 21 no. 1 (16.25)
3. Variations on a Hungarian Song, op. 21 no. 2 (6.30)
4. Variations on a Theme by Handel, op. 24 (28.44)
Terhi Dostal's Brahms CD receives superb reviews
"Finnish pianist Terhi Dostal proves that she is a skilled interpreter of Brahms on this album of the legendary composer's solo piano works. One of her strongest interpretations is Variations on a Theme by Schumann. She begins the chorale-like entry solemnly, rolling the chords beautifully. Dostal is an introspective player with a lot of inner focus, yet in the dramatic variations she is full of fire, playing with precise, percussive attacks. Dostal is capable of switching musical moods very quickly, something which is necessary to a piece made up of variations."
V. Vasan, AllMusic
"Terhi Dostal plays Brahms wonderfully, the works are accurately analysed and interpreted and the playing is certain from the beginning to the end. The special feature in Dostal's pianism is the strongly internalized interpretative security and the peace created by it."
Miika Lauriala, Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE