The first release of ICSM Records (ICSM 001) features the complete recording of Brahms four-hand Waltzes. Dance music was in Johannes Brahms’s blood. Two particular dance-measures fascinated him throughout his life, the waltz and the Hungarian Czárdás. Here, ICSM explores what Brahms could do with waltz-rhythms, even on the smallest scale, in the form of the piano duet. Brahms’s two sets of Liebeslieder-Walzer (Love-song Waltzes) used to be among his best-known works. These beguiling little waltz-songs remind us of a time before radio or television, when domestic music-making was a fact of life, a time when ‘quartet parties’ were frequent and when families would gather around the piano to play and sing for their evening entertainment.
Brahms, Johannes: Waltzes for piano four-hands:
Walzer for piano four hands, Op. 39 (1865);
Liebeslieder Walzer (Love Songs Waltzes) for piano four hands, Op. 52a (1869), on verses from "Polydora" by Georg Friedrich Daumer