Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

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Brahms: Piano Concertos

Brahms: Piano Concertos


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


Sunwook Kim (piano)

Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

Hallé and Sir Mark Elder are reunited with Sunwook Kim in long awaited studio recordings of repertoire with which he won the Leeds Piano Competition.

London-based Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner.

His performance of Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with Hallé and Sir Mark Elder in the competition’s finals attracted unanimous praise from the press. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and in major recital venues in London, across Europe and in Japan.

Sunwook Kim has a lso enjoyed an ongoing relationship with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, performing in a variety of repertoire across a number of seasons.

Here they return to Brahms’ two masterworks; pieces which were separated by two decades and which display very differing musical and emotional outlooks, from the more ardent First to the more rhapsodic Second.

“The South Korean pianist (who won the Leeds Piano Competition when he was just 18) and Elder seem to be in perfect synchrony for these immaculately-paced performances - the music is given so much space to breathe and sing, so that the big climactic moments are thrown into even greater relief. The Hallé horns, in particular, are also at the top of their game.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, May 2017

“Elder paces each work perfectly, giving Kim room to breathe...There are more glorious orchestral colours in the monumental second concerto, with Kim in magisterial form, particularly in the driving allegro appassionato. This special alchemy is highly recommended.” The Observer, 7th May 2017 *****

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Hallé - CDHLD7546

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Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Brahms: The Piano Concertos


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


This recording unites pianist Rudolf Buchbinder with his friend and conductor Zubin Mehta with whom he has built an intimate musical rapport. They are joined on this album by the Wiener Philharmoniker, an orchestra with which Buchbinder has appeared over many decades and enjoyed some of the greatest triumphs of his career.

Approaching his 70th birthday, Buchbinder once more revisits the concertos as a result of his increasing awareness of Brahms’ music.

“With Brahms, most people are struck only by the idea that his music is incredibly difficult and complex. But sometimes it requires a whole lifetime to become intimate with Brahms’ sound world and achieve the maturity that gives you a new freedom as a performer.” (Rudolf Buchbinder).

“There's always something heroic about Rudolf Buchbinder's exploits...He never takes the easy route when an option exists to duck a score's extreme technical demands, and his readings are unfailingly persuasive...Buchbinder's virtuosity is supremely relaxed, with no playing to the gallery. When Brahms calls for lyricism, he provides it with a wonderfully unforced sincerity.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 *****

“There are few pianists who can command these pieces technically as completely as he does” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

Sony - 88985371582

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Paganini Variations

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Paganini Variations


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35

USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Klavierstücke (8), Op. 76


John Lill (piano)

Pianist John Lill, born in London in 1944, has long been associated with the music of Beethoven and Brahms. He catapulted to international fame, however, when he was the co-winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. The Concerto No. 2 presented here is a live recording from that competition, dating from 25 June. The audience’s vociferous response at the end speaks for itself. Lill’s expertise in this repertoire stems, in part, from his studies with Wilhelm Kempff. He also studied at the Royal College of Music. Together with the Paganini Variations and the Op. 76 Piano Pieces, these represent all the recordings Lill made for Deutsche Grammophon. All receive their first CD and digital release.

“you are clearly in the presence of a strong and confident artist […] This is an exciting record of a great occasion … and a fine account of the concerto by any standards.” Gramophone Magazine, July 1971 (Piano Concerto No. 2)

“strength, fluency, clarity and musicianly sense of proportion […] the engineering is very good” Gramophone Magazine, November 1970 (Opp. 35 & 76)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4822878

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Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Brahms: The Piano Concertos


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Live From Semperoper, Dresden / 2011

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Live From Semperoper, Dresden / 2013


DG - 4793985

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Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


Two generous, aristocratic musicians, both of Latin origin, join forces for these magnificent performances of Brahms’ piano concertos. Claudio Arrau spent a substantial period in Berlin, and through his teacher Martin Krause had a line to Franz Liszt, while Carlo Maria Giulini’s relationship with Austro-German music was deepened by his years as a viola player in Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, performing under such conductors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Otto Klemperer and Bruno Walter.

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2564676811

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Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Brahms: The Piano Concertos


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


This album was recorded live at the Berliner Philharmonie in September 2014 with high critical acclaim of the performances. Not only the common South American roots of both artists but also the precise and energetic playing of Barenboim and the “volcanic” temperament of Dudamel make them a “Dream couple”.

Barenboim himself has a very high opinion of Dudamel which he expressed after one of the concerts: “Whenever I had to play myself, I was able to count on him completely. And when I didn’t have to play, it was a joy to see how well he works with the orchestra. I’m well placed to make this observation as I’ve been playing these concertos since 1958.”

After his successful album together with Yuja Wang, this is Dudamel’s second recording as conductor with a soloist.

The second Piano Concerto with its four movements is one of the longest and most demanding concertos ever written and the final Allegretto grazioso features one of the most carefree movements that Brahms ever wrote and which is also notable – in Alfred Brendel’s words – for its “unsurpassable pianistic perversions”.

“The second concerto is the more convincing; the first in D minor never really recovers from Dudamel’s leaden treatment of the opening tutti...The B flat concerto has its moments of self-conscious point-making too, but the sense of sweep and wholeness about the performance generally overrides them, and the searching account of the slow movement shows Barenboim and his orchestra at their best.” The Guardian, 13th August 2015 ***

“Like all great Brahms interpreters, Barenboim gives the music space…[the Berlin Staatskapelle] produces a Brahms sound of rare depth and beauty under the direction of Barenboim's chosen collaborator Gustavo Dudamel. Some of the quiet playing has to be heard to be believed.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

“The sheer grandeur and character of the interpretations is breathtaking...Barenboim clearly still has volcanic power in his fingers, but also the ability to soliloquise poetically and hauntingly in quieter passages. The Staatskapelle players match that with some beautiful sounds...On the other hand, there’s a crushing heaviness at times.” The Times, 28th August 2015 ***

“[these accounts] capture on the wing a vibrant partnership between grand maestro at the piano and young lion on the podium…occasional moments of unexpected magic flair up, such as the vibrant exchange between piano and cellos in the second movement of [the Second Concerto], and I defy anyone to breathe during its slow movement in the minutes before the return of the cello solo (whose player, incidentally, deserves a credit, but doesn't get one).” BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

DG - 4794899

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Cello Sonata in D major Op. 78 (arr. from Violin Sonata)

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)


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Sony - 88697561372

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Violin Sonata No. 1

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Violin Sonata No. 1


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Oleg Kagan (violin)


Alto - ALC1248

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Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


Erato - 2564632295

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Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Brahms: The Piano Concertos


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


This attractively priced double set is one of Stephen Hough’s most important recordings. ‘Britain’s greatest living pianist’ (The Mail on Sunday) is joined by the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and international conductor Mark Wigglesworth in their Hyperion debut for Brahms’s Piano Concertos. These works are among the greatest in the genre, and shore up Brahms’s reputation as both a symphonist and a piano composer. Separated by twenty-two years and widely differing in their reception (the first was scorned and the second a huge success), they are monumental in scale, impassioned and truly romantic, forward-looking in form and requiring both great virtuosity and intimacy from the pianist. Stephen Hough has performed them in concert for many years to ecstatic acclaim: this new recording is surely one of his most desirable offerings.

“[Hough's] performances here show his usual thoughtfulness, elegance and brilliance...The reverberations of the entire orchestra are equally slow to die. The conductor Mark Wigglesworth scrupulously prepared his musicians and their medium-weight sound offers the best of both worlds” The Times, 29th November 2013 ****

“The way in which [Hough] and conductor Mark Wigglesworth drive the opening movement of the First Concerto to its conclusion is thrilling physical; at the other extreme, the delicacy of his playing in the finale of the Second, and the lilt he brings to some of its episodes, are delights.” The Guardian, 5th December 2013 ****

“Hough brings his famed dexterity to the bravura passages, but never sounds glitzy or showy. Indeed, the most rewarding aspect of both performances is his chamber-music-like interplay with the excellent Mozarteumorchester’s soloists These familiar and oft-recorded works sound fresh minted. Brahms’s concertos have rarely sounded more brilliant, energetic and innovative.” Sunday Times, 5th January 2014

“I cannot fault Hough’s playing: the balance between the sheer virtuosity and the intimacy of this music is perfectly stated. Each concerto has a different mood and palette of emotions. Hough brings a special quality of reflection to these works which for my taste gives a considerable added value.” MusicWeb International, 7th January 2014

“Wigglesworth is pact and taut in rhythm...The impression I have here is of readings that have divested themselves of excess baggage and are lighter on their feet...I ended up delighted by and in complete admiration of Hough's boldness. He has become a warmer player of increased range in Brahms, and unafraid to take risks.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

“Clearly working in absolute rapport with Mark Wigglesworth, they achieve together a lean, at times almost wiry sound...yet there is no lack of muscular force or orchestral power in the many big moments. Hough brings an unusually wide range of keyboard colour to bear on Brahms's piano-writing.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 *****

Hyperion - CDA67961

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