Brahms's late piano works (opp. 116-19) reveal his sensitivity to the characteristics of conservative, late 19th-c. pianos. A more accurate understanding of Brahms's performance indications and special piano textures would lead to performances relevant to his own playing style.
"Brahms's Pianos and the Performance of His Late Works,"
Performance Practice Review:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/ppr/vol2/iss1/3