This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Maurizio Pollini’s new account of this torrential masterpiece is the expected distillation of heroic pianism and confessional insight.
Abbado’s black-browed orchestral introduction has enough bite and vitriol to make Pollini’s understated first entry seem bitterly resigned, and his traversal of the epic opening Maestoso (21:02) is marginally slower than in his 1980 recording with Böhm and the VPO, available in DG’s Galleria series. The new Adagio lacks something of the heavenly stasis attained previously, and at 12:11 seems occasionally hurried. Pollini’s 13:23 with Böhm, or Andsnes and Rattle at 14:08 are nearer the mark, though the siren voices of the Berlin solo horn and winds add special rapture here, and a
quicker basic pulse certainly sustains the urgent character of the work.
The Hungarian sonata-rondo finale mirrors the 1980 performance so closely that Pollini devotees won’t need to ditch his earlier account for this remake, a live recording from Vienna’s Musikverein, which affords no great gains over its digitised predecessor.
Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)
-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1854-1858; Germany
Date of Recording: 04/1997
Venue: Live Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
Length: 44 Minutes 59 Secs.
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)
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