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Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 14 "moonlight" / Dichter, Masur

Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186124   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Misha Dichter
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

My youthful memory of Misha Dichter's 1977 Brahms D minor concerto with Kurt Masur on LP was that of an agreeable, well played, middle-of-the-road, and somewhat bland interpretation. Experiencing it anew via PentaTone's SACD multi-channel remastering presents a weightier, more diversified orchestral image and a wider array of nuance and tone color on the pianist's part. Granted, Dichter does tend to taper phrases in a sing-songy, predictable manner, yet he compensates with appropriate headlong urgency in the first movement's gnarly octave passages, and inflects the Rondo's left-hand counterlines to a more pointed degree than my LP pressing
Read more reveals. Dichter also interpolates a low B-flat at the top of measure 238, as did Brendel, Backhaus, and Rubinstein in his last recording of the work.

However, Dichter's individual profile emerges more forcefully in Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata. Although his basic tempo for the famous first movement is slightly more brisk than Beethoven's Adagio sostenuto marking suggests, the pianist's delicate phrasing conveys plenty of poetic introspection. Dichter uncovers unconventional yet convincing inner-voice movement in the Allegretto, and concludes with a conservatively paced, meticulously accentuated finale.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Misha Dichter (Piano)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Misha Dichter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 

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