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Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Andsnes, Rattle, Cbso

Release Date: 11/17/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 56583   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With this recording of Brahms' First Piano Concerto, conductor Simon Rattle scores another triumph with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In his tenure as music director, he has lifted this orchestra to world-class heights. Rattle and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes bring to the concerto a reading which highlights its Romantic breadth and sweep, yet allows the work's debts to Beethoven and Schumann to show. Andsnes handles the work's pianistic challenges--great in scale without resorting to empty virtuosity--with grace and ease, and Rattle provides strong yet sensitive support. Although the outer movements are splendidly executed, the Adagio in particular is given a special lightness of touch which allows it to unfold with breathtaking Read more beauty.
The Concerto began as a two-piano sonata, which Brahms attempted to transform into a symphonic work without piano before eventually settling on a concerto of symphonic proportions. Brahms' solo piano works have some of the same fire as his orchestral pieces, but more often resemble the intimacy of the middle movement of the First Concerto. Andsnes' performance of the three Op. 117 Intermezzi brings the disc to a tender and quiet close. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England 
Length: 49 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lommendalen Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 15 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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