Brahms, a diligent musician, was known for his dedication to precise, robust counterpoint and innovative rhythms. Guy infuses Brahms’ delicate intersecting lines and massive harmonic textures with the full range of the composer’s emotions, from the regal to the violent. The first piano sonata is stately and vigorous, its opening chords ringing out like the bells of an idyllic and pastoral German church. Guy also excels in teasing out the playfulness and precision of the “Scherzo” in the second sonata, perfectly evoking the two sides of Brahms: the powerful and the sentimental.
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2: I. Allegro non troppo (Ma energico)