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Brahms: Die Klavierkonzerte, Fantasien / Gilels, Jochum


Release Date: 09/17/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447446   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil GilelsOttomar Borwitzky
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gilels is magisterial in these concertos, his playing volcanic and poetic at the same time. The approach is warmly expressive though not overly sentimental, the interpretations serious but never dry. The Russian pianist delivers playing that is manly, powerful and impassioned where the writing calls for it, and can be gentle and rhapsodic where appropriate. He is in riveting control of his tone and seems unafraid to sing, which Rudolf Serkin was almost flatly unable to do in the same music.

Eugen Jochum and the Berlin Philharmonic add considerable weight and grandeur of their own to the undertaking. In both accounts they manage to span Brahms’s long developmental arches with convincing sureness, giving the musical argument
Read more the feeling of a single impulse. Gilels gets his share of wrong notes (especially in No. 2), but when he plays there is never any fooling around – no doldrums, no pushing or dragging. The orchestra, too, though not always immaculate, plays at fever pitch from the first bar to the last. The bottom line is that in spite of the flaws one would look in vain to find more inspired accounts of these concertos. Within the warm ambience of Berlin’s Jesus-Christus-Kirche, where both concertos were recorded in June of 1972, the engineers do a good job of capturing the pianist’s ringing tone.

– Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1972 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 51 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano), Ottomar Borwitzky (Cello)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1972 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 51 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 1, Capriccio in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 2, Intermezzo in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 3, Capriccio in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 4, Intermezzo in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 5, Intermezzo in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 6, Intermezzo in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 7, Capriccio in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; 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)
Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116: 6. Intermezzo In E Major
Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116: 7. Capriccio In D Minor
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
Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116: 1. Capriccio In D Minor
Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116: 2. Intermezzo In A Minor
Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116: 3. Capriccio In G Minor
Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116: 4. Intermezzo In E Major
Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116: 5. Intermezzo In E Minor

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