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Brahms: Piano Concertos, Overtures / Arrau, Haitink


Release Date: 08/10/1993 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 438320   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

No one, I trust, will deny that Arrau has lived with, wrestled with, and in a truly terribly way 'known' the D minor Concerto for more years than most of us can consciously recall. where contemporary pianists have often tended to refine or domesticate the concerto, withdrawing it from the world of heroic endeavour, Arrau has always done the reverse. No pianist, apart possibly from Serkin in his several recordings, has communicated so formidably the work's scope: its seriousness and its anxious, tragic mood. Often Arrau makes free with the text. It is an uncomfortable reading to meet. But the vision is huge, the technique astonishing. Haitink is a worthy accompanist.

-- Richard Osborne, Gramophone [11/1987, reviewing the
Read more original CD release of the Arrau/Haitink Concerto no 1, Philips 420702]

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In the Second Concerto [Arrau's] playing has a splendid combination of aristocratic finesse and warmth of feeling.

-- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1969 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
3. Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
4. Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
5. Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15: 1. Maestoso - Poco più moderato
Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15: 2. Adagio
Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15: 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83: 1. Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83: 2. Allegro appassionato
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83: 3. Andante - Più adagio
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83: 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco più presto
Tragic Overture, Op.81
Academic Festival Overture, Op.80

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