Brahms: Rhapsody No.1 Agitato in B minor, Op.79 - Martha Argerich
The Rhapsodies, Op. 79, for piano were written by Johannes Brahms in 1879 during his summer stay in Pörtschach, when he had reached the maturity of his career. They were inscribed to his friend, the musician and composer Elisabeth von Herzogenberg. At the suggestion of the dedicatee, Brahms reluctantly renamed the sophisticated compositions from “klavierstücke” (piano pieces) to “rhapsodies”.
No. 1 in B minor. Agitato This is the more extensive piece, with outer sections in sonata form enclosing a lyrical central section in B major and with a coda ending in that key.