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Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 / Pollini, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden

Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001612002  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording is outstanding on a number of levels: It marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration between Christian Thielemann, the Dresden Staatskapelle and Deutsche Grammophon.

It brings together two musical giants for their first joint Deutsche Grammophon recording. In June this year, after an absence of a quarter-century, the legendary Maurizio Pollini returned to Dresden's Semperoper to play Brahms's First Piano Concerto under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Not at all surprisingly, they brought down the house.

DG has now released the live recording of this major event only a few months after the sold-out Dresden concerts. This album speaks for itself in sheer musical excellence, and we are
Read more certain it will have enormous appeal to music lovers worldwide.

"Pollini's energy and clarity were thrilling...Poignant colours in the slow movement...profound poetic moments in the Rondo. The utter naturalness of Pollini's playing never felt the least bit detached, and in the brief cadenza the piano part bloomed breathtakingly. Thielemann's precision and alertness in fusing the solo and orchestral parts was astonishing, the product of true greatness...The ovation that followed acknowledged that."

-- Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Length: 45 Minutes 30 Secs. 

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