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Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Rhapsodies Op 79 / Buchbinder

Release Date: 09/18/2001 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 24486   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...The same perfect alchemy [in the First concerto] is at work in the Second concerto. Here the interpretive questions are less problematic--Brahms' intentions are more transparent--and their realization is closer to perfection. But Buchbinder and Harnoncourt don't let their attention fail. Again, the conductor uses the interplay between motives and registers to sustain the pulse and give the phrases the right bounce, presenting the orchestral fabric in all its varying facets. The Scherzo offers energy without brutality, while the Andante refuses to surrender to sentimentality, thanks to a comparatively brisk tempo and to the dignified sound of the solo cello. In the final Allegretto grazioso,
Read more Buchbinder manages to transform his tone into something lighter and more ingratiating. But be warned: these well-recorded live performances are not for the faint-hearted or the conservative. Those who listen without prejudice, however, will find them endlessly fascinating, moving, and incredibly rewarding.

--Luca Sabbatini, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Live  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 

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