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Final Thoughts - The Last Piano Works of Schubert & Brahms

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Final Thoughts - The Last Piano Works of Schubert & Brahms

Jorge Federico Osorio

  • CDR 90000 171

The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the album

    • I. Allegro (14:51)

    • FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797–1828)

      Sonata in A major, D. 959

      I. Allegro (14:51)

    • II. Andantino (8:04)

    • II. Andantino (8:04)

    • III. Scherzo-Allegro vivace (4:53)

    • III. Scherzo-Allegro vivace (4:53)

    • IV. Rondo Allegretto (11:20)

    • IV. Rondo Allegretto (11:20)

    • No. 1 Capriccio in D minor (2:19)

    • JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)

      Seven Fantasies, Op. 116

      No. 1 Capriccio in D minor (2:19)

    • No. 2 Intermezzo in A minor (3:18)

    • No. 2 Intermezzo in A minor (3:18)

    • No. 3 Capriccio in G minor (2:59)

    • No. 3 Capriccio in G minor (2:59)

    • No. 4 Intermezzo in E major (4:31)

    • No. 4 Intermezzo in E major (4:31)

    • No. 5 Intermezzo in E minor (3:16)

    • No. 5 Intermezzo in E minor (3:16)

    • No. 6 Intermezzo in E major (2:58)

    • No. 6 Intermezzo in E major (2:58)

    • No. 7 Capriccio in D minor (2:16)

    • No. 7 Capriccio in D minor (2:16)

    • No. 1 Andante moderato (4:53)

    • Three Intermezzos, Op. 117

      No. 1 Andante moderato (4:53)

    • No. 2 Andante non troppo e con molta espressione (4:34)

    • No. 2 Andante non troppo e con molta espressione (4:34)

    • No. 3 Andante con moto (5:55)

    • No. 3 Andante con moto (5:55)

    • No. 1 Intermezzo in A minor (1:54)

    • BRAHMS

      Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118

      No. 1 Intermezzo in A minor (1:54)

    • No. 2 Intermezzo in A major (5:49)

    • No. 2 Intermezzo in A major (5:49)

    • No. 3 Ballade in G minor (3:21)

    • No. 3 Ballade in G minor (3:21)

    • No. 4 Intermezzo in F minor (2:27)

    • No. 4 Intermezzo in F minor (2:27)

    • No. 5 Romanze in F major (4:06)

    • No. 5 Romanze in F major (4:06)

    • No. 6 Intermezzo in E-flat minor (5:02)

    • No. 6 Intermezzo in E-flat minor (5:02)

    • No. 1 Intermezzo in B minor (3:50)

    • Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119

      No. 1 Intermezzo in B minor (3:50)

    • No. 2 Intermezzo in E minor (4:39)

    • No. 2 Intermezzo in E minor (4:39)

    • No. 3 Intermezzo in C major (1:48)

    • No. 3 Intermezzo in C major (1:48)

    • No. 4 Rhapsody in E-flat major (4:31)

    • No. 4 Rhapsody in E-flat major (4:31)

    • I. Molto moderato (19:03)

    • SCHUBERT

      Sonata in B-flat major, D.960

      I. Molto moderato (19:03)

    • II. Andante sostenuto (10:10)

    • II. Andante sostenuto (10:10)

    • III. Scherzo-Allegro vivace con delicatezza (3:58)

    • III. Scherzo-Allegro vivace con delicatezza (3:58)

    • IV. Allegro ma non troppo (7:50)

    • IV. Allegro ma non troppo (7:50)

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Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

Jorge Federico Osorio, “an imaginative interpreter with a powerful technique (The New York Times), deftly pairs Brahms’s final solo piano works with those by Schubert for an inventive program of richly satisfying works that capture the essence of each composer’s towering individuality. 


Osorio records Brahms’s Three Intermezzos, Op. 117, and Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118, for the first time. He revisits Brahms’s Seven Fantasies, Op. 116, and Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119, which he last recorded nearly two decades ago, to great acclaim: “Quite marvelous,” said BBC Music Magazine. “It’s clear that Jorge Federico Osorio is an important Brahmsian,” proclaimed the Chicago Tribune. On his new album, Osorio’s penchant for color accentuates the individual character of these concentrated miniatures.


On this, his first Schubert recording, Osorio, whom the Los Angeles Times called “one of the more elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet,” presents the composer’s final two Piano Sonatas, D. 959 and D. 960, epic in scale and brimming with melodic invention. Osorio’s insights into the music’s architecture yield eloquent performances of these spacious, ambitious masterworks. Osorio’s Cedille Records albums of Mexican and Spanish music have introduced the pianist to new audiences worldwide. Now they can hear his artistry in more of the core German repertoire that has been central to his concert life for decades.


Osorio has performed Brahms’s Piano Quintet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Mexican-born, European-trained virtuoso has served as artistic director of Mexico’s Brahms Chamber Music Festival. He has received the Medalla Bellas Artes, the highest honor granted by Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Gina Bachauer Award.

Critic Reviews

Gary Lemco Audiophile Audition

"Osorio coaxes quietly seductive intimacy from his Steinway, never forcing the affective power of the procession . . . This set will likely become a major reference point for these works in modern guise."

Alex Baran The Whole Note

"Final Thoughts is an ambitious project for its focus on the last musical utterances of two revered composers. Osorio speaks with honesty and conviction about what he finds in them."

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time:
Disc 1 (77:20)
Disc 2 (79:24) 

Producer James Ginsburg
Engineer Bill Maylone
Recorded June 27–30 and July 26, 2016, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
Steinway Piano
Piano Technician Ken Orgel
Graphic Design Twin Collective
Cover Photo Todd Rosenberg

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