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Classics Explained - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2


Release Date: 07/17/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8558030-31   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jénö Jandó
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection includes a commentary on and analysis of this work, narrated by Jeremy Siepmann. This selection includes a commentary on and analysis of this work, narrated by Jeremy Siepmann. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 

Sound Samples

An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Introduction; opening horn call and piano's answer
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Rising three-note scalewise pattern
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Quicker, descending six-note 'answer'
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Second, answering phrase
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: First Main Theme completed by orchestra
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Peace shattered as piano bursts back in like a tiger
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Variant of opening horn call in bass
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Orchestra returns; beginning of Exposition proper
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Big, 'singing' theme in orchestra; piano 'forgotten'
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Call to arms by strings; marshalling of orchestral forces
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano re-enters fry with massive expansion of opening figure
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano 'explores' two main facets of opening theme
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Transition. sense of key weakened. Piano and orchestra come together
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano and orchestra 'argue' over speed of thematic three-note rise
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano and orchestra in friendly dialogue before piano falls away
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: 'Winged' harmonic shadow of pure pianistic tone-colour
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: New 'transitional' theme from orchestra developed by piano
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: After indecision and discussion, the mood suddenly turns playful
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Reminder of Second Main Theme in its original form
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Ttransfomation of Second Main Theme by piano
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano hijacks orchestra's 'call to arms'
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano and orchestra, now allies, explore theme, but with piano leading
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Dramatic eruption of orchestra leads to the Development section
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Pianistic 'tiger' replaced by gentle reflective, soft-spoken poet
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Transformed 'tiger' theme amicably shared by piano and orchestra
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: An apparently new theme - but Battlle Hymn of the Republic?
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Brief, downward-driving section prepares for the Recapitulation
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: On the threshold of the Recapitulation
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Recapitulation: The Magical Return
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: From Gate-crashing Tiger to Celestial Tenderness - and a surprise
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: And unexpected and portentus change of mood, suggesting tragedy
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Summation
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: First Movement (Complete)
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Second Movement: The upward-driving opening gambit, piano alone
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Downward-driving answer from lower strings
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Theme vs Melody
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Eerie, unharmonised, 'white' sound of Second Theme
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Second Theme taken up and developed by piano
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Expectation and surprise; harmonic fluidity and intensifying drama
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Return (and transformation) of Theme Two
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Theme One returns in orchestra; Theme Three emerges in major mode
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Sequence of fragmentary episodes begins with unexpected fanfare
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Variant of Theme Three in piano
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Rescored variant of 'fanfare' theme; from grandeur to solemnity
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Rhapsodic variant of fanfare, this time for piano alone
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Recapitulation of opening, with piano and orchestra reversing roles
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Theme Two transformed by new instrumentation
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Cue and Second Movement (Complete)
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Introduction, cue and First Main Theme
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Theme One taken up by strings and solo oboe; piano's entry
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Complex variant of Theme One with very different speed and rhythm
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Orchestra and piano in mixed variants of Theme One, now intensified
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Theme Two, hushed and 'tuneless', with piano, clarinets and strings
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Oboe Theme returns, now delicately embroidered by the piano
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Cue and Third Movement (Complete)
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Finale: Introduction, cue and Main Theme
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Violins take up tune, with winds and piano accompanying
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano introduces Part 2 of the main theme
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Part 3 of the theme, led by piano, in 'fiercely' self-confident mood
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: First Episode, Part 1
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: First Episode, Part 2
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano hands theme over to clarinets and bassoons
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: First Episode, Part 3, in piano, first; then flutes and oboes
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Strings and flutes take theme, with bubbling commentary from piano
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Tipsy dancers (piano and winds) return, tiring; strings take over
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: In the central Episode, the orchestra throws down a dramatic challenge
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: ... to which the piano duly responds with a stormy outburst
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano kick-starts run-up to final section in a variant of the main theme
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Orchestra sets off on jaunty march, later joined by the piano
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Piano propels orchestra into final section
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Summation and cue to the movement as a whole
An Introduction to ... BRAHMS: Finale (Complete)

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