WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Brahms: Klavierkonzert no 1 / Pollini, Abbado, Berlin PO

Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 447041   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $17.98
CD:  $13.99
In Stock

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
Read more 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
Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 44 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Superb August 25, 2012 By R Hugh M. (Elizabeth City, NC) See All My Reviews "Vintage Polini" Report Abuse
Review This Title