Paul Lewis's Brahms: Late Piano Works  —  Glowing with Warmth
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The ageing process was not kind to Brahms. As a young adult he still looked juvenile but, by the time he reached his mid-50s, the years had caught up with him and photographs show an antiquated figure with a long beard like Old Father Time. It's that later Brahms who is the focus of this most recent disc from Paul Lewis. The composer spent his last years in a mood of valediction, writing a select group of smaller pieces that would penetrate the "uppermost limit of the still expressible", while at the same time destroying the bulk of his early music. The youthful Brahms was largely wiped from posterity's gaze.