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Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Pollini, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden


Release Date: 07/15/2016 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002520602  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set brings together pianist Maurizio Pollini’s 2011 & 2013 recordings of the Brahms Piano Concertos. Both were recorded live with Christian Thielemann leading the Staatskapelle Dresden. Those who admire the intelligent, direct and stylishly lean virtuosity that Maurizio Pollini has long brought to Brahms’s Piano Concertos will want to hear the pianist’s most recent recordings of these masterpieces. This set brings together pianist Maurizio Pollini’s 2011 & 2013 recordings of the Brahms Piano Concertos. Both were recorded live with Christian Thielemann leading the Staatskapelle Dresden. Those who admire the intelligent, direct and stylishly lean virtuosity that Maurizio Pollini has long brought to Brahms’s Piano Concertos will want to hear the pianist’s most recent recordings of these masterpieces. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Dramatic without the heavy handedness, great unity August 23, 2016 By D. Tucker (Falls Church, VA) See All My Reviews "The second concerto is the most enjoyable performance I have heard. It is dramatic with large dynamic range without being heavy handed, so even the second and third listenings engage rather than tire the ears. Romantic and moving without being the least cloying. The synchronicity between the orchestra and piano is flawless. Entrances are spot on in timing, tempo and spirit. It's as if they share the same concept of the piece. I have heard very disjointed performances of the in the past. The sound is great. The same qualities are present in the first concerto. Except the sound is not quite as good. There is less presence. On first listening, it sounded as if it were being played next door. But the second listening at a higher volume was quite acceptable." Report Abuse
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