In his recordings of Brahms’ piano works, Andreas
Boyde has singlemindedly pursued his ideal interpretations
of the composer’s compositions. Piano News
wrote about Vol. 4: “Boyde is on the way to achieving
a grandiose recording of Brahms’ complete piano works.”
Volume 5 will complete this cycle. Boyde’s playing is
characterized by structural clarity and concentration
on musical meaning and content: an interpretive
stance that permits no deceptive Brahms clichés such
as exhilarated orgies of sixths or musical dining pleasure.
Boyde plays Brahms’ music in its undisguised
form; one hears the sharp intellect that constructed
it, and one gets much deeper insights into the essence
of the works and the composer than interpretations
which are loaded with gimmickry and only focused
on the “virtuosic”.