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Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 / Bernstein, Gould


Release Date: 09/22/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60675   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the first authorized release of this performance. The disc also includes Bernstein's pre-performance remarks and an interview with Glenn Gould from a 1964 New York Philharmonic broadcast.
This disc should serve as an extremely important historical novelty to those listeners familiar with the players and the repertoire. The performance is taken from a 1962 radio broadcast, and Bernstein begins the program with a disclaimer. He tells the intrigued audience that while he looks upon Gould as a supreme artist, he does not agree with the soloist's interpretation of the work, that they share major interpretive discrepancies. Despite this, Bernstein opts to go along with Gould's interpretation.
And so begins this disc, followed by
Read more what Bernstein himself called one of the most "unorthodox" renditions of the Brahms he has ever heard. With its varying tempi, sometimes as slow as molasses, Gould still manages to express perfectly what this piece calls for: a sense of majesty, intensity, and delicacy all at once. Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic create an ambience that is as reflective as Gould could have asked for. This disc is indeed a fascinating tribute to the two great artists who could not agree. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/06/1962 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 53 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Leonard Bernstein Speech (Pre-performance disclaimer)
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo. Allegro non troppo
Glenn Gould Speech (Excerpt from radio broadcast interview with James Fassett)

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