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Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 / Hough, Davis, Bbc So

Release Date: 08/14/2007 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 91366   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded in 1989, Stephen Hough's dynamic performance of Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83, holds up quite well, even if the sound quality is a little less than desirable. As one of the great contemporary English pianists, Hough can be relied on to turn in a fascinating reading of practically anything, and his Brahms is no exception. Playing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis, Hough delivers a grandly poetic interpretation that allows both sweepingly broad gestures and intricate details, according to the music's dramatically changing character. The orchestra follows suit with a fluid and expansive accompaniment, and Davis' restrained direction gives Hough ample freedom to make the expression his Read more own. All would be well with this recording if it weren't for the strange imbalances between the piano and orchestra: dim and recessed one minute, then bold and forward the next. The changes in volume and shifting focus of the sound seem the fault of whimsical mixing, and listeners need to concentrate to hear everything at the softest levels. Even so, Hough's performance is exceptionally virtuosic, lyrical, and moving, so the minor inconvenience of the variable sound should not prevent anyone's appreciation of this rewarding performance.

-- All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 

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