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Classics Explained: Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2

An exploration of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 narrated by Jeremy Siepman

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Brahms: An Introduction to … BRAHMS

1:44:44
$82.95
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Introduction; opening horn call and piano's answer

1:50
$1.05

Rising three-note scalewise pattern

0:25
$1.05

Quicker, descending six-note 'answer'

0:18
$1.05
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Second, answering phrase

0:32
$1.05

First Main Theme completed by orchestra

0:50
$1.05

Peace shattered as piano bursts back in like a tiger

1:24
$1.05

Variant of opening horn call in bass

0:19
$1.05

Orchestra returns; beginning of Exposition proper

2:25
$1.05

Big, 'singing' theme in orchestra; piano 'forgotten'

0:41
$1.05

Call to arms by strings; marshalling of orchestral forces

1:03
$1.05

Piano re-enters fry with massive expansion of opening figure

0:48
$1.05

Piano 'explores' two main facets of opening theme

0:45
$1.05

Transition. sense of key weakened. Piano and orchestra come together

1:07
$1.05

Piano and orchestra 'argue' over speed of thematic three-note rise

0:41
$1.05

Piano and orchestra in friendly dialogue before piano falls away

1:28
$1.05

'Winged' harmonic shadow of pure pianistic tone-colour

0:45
$1.05

New 'transitional' theme from orchestra developed by piano

1:51
$1.05

After indecision and discussion, the mood suddenly turns playful

0:26
$1.05

Reminder of Second Main Theme in its original form

0:43
$1.05

Ttransfomation of Second Main Theme by piano

0:40
$1.05

Piano hijacks orchestra's 'call to arms'

0:43
$1.05

Piano and orchestra, now allies, explore theme, but with piano leading

1:08
$1.05

Dramatic eruption of orchestra leads to the Development section

1:13
$1.05

Pianistic 'tiger' replaced by gentle reflective, soft-spoken poet

0:30
$1.05

Transformed 'tiger' theme amicably shared by piano and orchestra

0:44
$1.05

An apparently new theme - but Battlle Hymn of the Republic?

0:41
$1.05

Brief, downward-driving section prepares for the Recapitulation

0:54
$1.05

On the threshold of the Recapitulation

0:54
$1.05

Recapitulation: The Magical Return

1:06
$1.05

From Gate-crashing Tiger to Celestial Tenderness - and a surprise

1:17
$1.05

And unexpected and portentus change of mood, suggesting tragedy

1:01
$1.05

Summation

0:30
$1.05

First Movement (Complete)

17:16
$4.20

Second Movement: The upward-driving opening gambit, piano alone

0:13
$1.05

Downward-driving answer from lower strings

0:27
$1.05

Theme vs Melody

0:58
$1.05

Eerie, unharmonised, 'white' sound of Second Theme

0:45
$1.05

Second Theme taken up and developed by piano

1:25
$1.05

Expectation and surprise; harmonic fluidity and intensifying drama

1:40
$1.05

Return (and transformation) of Theme Two

0:41
$1.05

Theme One returns in orchestra; Theme Three emerges in major mode

1:00
$1.05

Sequence of fragmentary episodes begins with unexpected fanfare

0:58
$1.05

Variant of Theme Three in piano

0:36
$1.05

Rescored variant of 'fanfare' theme; from grandeur to solemnity

0:21
$1.05

Rhapsodic variant of fanfare, this time for piano alone

0:24
$1.05

Recapitulation of opening, with piano and orchestra reversing roles

1:07
$1.05

Theme Two transformed by new instrumentation

0:36
$1.05

Cue and Second Movement (Complete)

9:23
$2.10

Introduction, cue and First Main Theme

1:53
$1.05

Theme One taken up by strings and solo oboe; piano's entry

1:20
$1.05

Complex variant of Theme One with very different speed and rhythm

0:42
$1.05

Orchestra and piano in mixed variants of Theme One, now intensified

1:10
$1.05

Theme Two, hushed and 'tuneless', with piano, clarinets and strings

1:28
$1.05

Oboe Theme returns, now delicately embroidered by the piano

0:46
$1.05

Cue and Third Movement (Complete)

11:50
$3.15

Finale: Introduction, cue and Main Theme

0:57
$1.05

Violins take up tune, with winds and piano accompanying

0:24
$1.05

Piano introduces Part 2 of the main theme

0:37
$1.05

Part 3 of the theme, led by piano, in 'fiercely' self-confident mood

0:54
$1.05

First Episode, Part 1

0:47
$1.05

First Episode, Part 2

0:23
$1.05

Piano hands theme over to clarinets and bassoons

0:15
$1.05

First Episode, Part 3, in piano, first; then flutes and oboes

0:40
$1.05

Strings and flutes take theme, with bubbling commentary from piano

0:28
$1.05

Tipsy dancers (piano and winds) return, tiring; strings take over

0:38
$1.05

In the central Episode, the orchestra throws down a dramatic challenge

0:28
$1.05

... to which the piano duly responds with a stormy outburst

0:10
$1.05

Piano kick-starts run-up to final section in a variant of the main theme

0:41
$1.05

Orchestra sets off on jaunty march, later joined by the piano

0:25
$1.05

Piano propels orchestra into final section

0:46
$1.05

Summation and cue to the movement as a whole

0:22
$1.05

Finale (Complete)

9:08
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Contents: FLAC44100

Brahms: An Introduction to … BRAHMS

1:44:44
$98.85
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Introduction; opening horn call and piano's answer

1:50
$1.25

Rising three-note scalewise pattern

0:25
$1.25

Quicker, descending six-note 'answer'

0:18
$1.25
Show 69 remaining tracks for Brahms: An Introduction to … BRAHMS

Second, answering phrase

0:32
$1.25

First Main Theme completed by orchestra

0:50
$1.25

Peace shattered as piano bursts back in like a tiger

1:24
$1.25

Variant of opening horn call in bass

0:19
$1.25

Orchestra returns; beginning of Exposition proper

2:25
$1.25

Big, 'singing' theme in orchestra; piano 'forgotten'

0:41
$1.25

Call to arms by strings; marshalling of orchestral forces

1:03
$1.25

Piano re-enters fry with massive expansion of opening figure

0:48
$1.25

Piano 'explores' two main facets of opening theme

0:45
$1.25

Transition. sense of key weakened. Piano and orchestra come together

1:07
$1.25

Piano and orchestra 'argue' over speed of thematic three-note rise

0:41
$1.25

Piano and orchestra in friendly dialogue before piano falls away

1:28
$1.25

'Winged' harmonic shadow of pure pianistic tone-colour

0:45
$1.25

New 'transitional' theme from orchestra developed by piano

1:51
$1.25

After indecision and discussion, the mood suddenly turns playful

0:26
$1.25

Reminder of Second Main Theme in its original form

0:43
$1.25

Ttransfomation of Second Main Theme by piano

0:40
$1.25

Piano hijacks orchestra's 'call to arms'

0:43
$1.25

Piano and orchestra, now allies, explore theme, but with piano leading

1:08
$1.25

Dramatic eruption of orchestra leads to the Development section

1:13
$1.25

Pianistic 'tiger' replaced by gentle reflective, soft-spoken poet

0:30
$1.25

Transformed 'tiger' theme amicably shared by piano and orchestra

0:44
$1.25

An apparently new theme - but Battlle Hymn of the Republic?

0:41
$1.25

Brief, downward-driving section prepares for the Recapitulation

0:54
$1.25

On the threshold of the Recapitulation

0:54
$1.25

Recapitulation: The Magical Return

1:06
$1.25

From Gate-crashing Tiger to Celestial Tenderness - and a surprise

1:17
$1.25

And unexpected and portentus change of mood, suggesting tragedy

1:01
$1.25

Summation

0:30
$1.25

First Movement (Complete)

17:16
$5.05

Second Movement: The upward-driving opening gambit, piano alone

0:13
$1.25

Downward-driving answer from lower strings

0:27
$1.25

Theme vs Melody

0:58
$1.25

Eerie, unharmonised, 'white' sound of Second Theme

0:45
$1.25

Second Theme taken up and developed by piano

1:25
$1.25

Expectation and surprise; harmonic fluidity and intensifying drama

1:40
$1.25

Return (and transformation) of Theme Two

0:41
$1.25

Theme One returns in orchestra; Theme Three emerges in major mode

1:00
$1.25

Sequence of fragmentary episodes begins with unexpected fanfare

0:58
$1.25

Variant of Theme Three in piano

0:36
$1.25

Rescored variant of 'fanfare' theme; from grandeur to solemnity

0:21
$1.25

Rhapsodic variant of fanfare, this time for piano alone

0:24
$1.25

Recapitulation of opening, with piano and orchestra reversing roles

1:07
$1.25

Theme Two transformed by new instrumentation

0:36
$1.25

Cue and Second Movement (Complete)

9:23
$2.50

Introduction, cue and First Main Theme

1:53
$1.25

Theme One taken up by strings and solo oboe; piano's entry

1:20
$1.25

Complex variant of Theme One with very different speed and rhythm

0:42
$1.25

Orchestra and piano in mixed variants of Theme One, now intensified

1:10
$1.25

Theme Two, hushed and 'tuneless', with piano, clarinets and strings

1:28
$1.25

Oboe Theme returns, now delicately embroidered by the piano

0:46
$1.25

Cue and Third Movement (Complete)

11:50
$3.80

Finale: Introduction, cue and Main Theme

0:57
$1.25

Violins take up tune, with winds and piano accompanying

0:24
$1.25

Piano introduces Part 2 of the main theme

0:37
$1.25

Part 3 of the theme, led by piano, in 'fiercely' self-confident mood

0:54
$1.25

First Episode, Part 1

0:47
$1.25

First Episode, Part 2

0:23
$1.25

Piano hands theme over to clarinets and bassoons

0:15
$1.25

First Episode, Part 3, in piano, first; then flutes and oboes

0:40
$1.25

Strings and flutes take theme, with bubbling commentary from piano

0:28
$1.25

Tipsy dancers (piano and winds) return, tiring; strings take over

0:38
$1.25

In the central Episode, the orchestra throws down a dramatic challenge

0:28
$1.25

... to which the piano duly responds with a stormy outburst

0:10
$1.25

Piano kick-starts run-up to final section in a variant of the main theme

0:41
$1.25

Orchestra sets off on jaunty march, later joined by the piano

0:25
$1.25

Piano propels orchestra into final section

0:46
$1.25

Summation and cue to the movement as a whole

0:22
$1.25

Finale (Complete)

9:08
$2.50
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