Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83by Johannes Brahms Performer:
Kenneth Heath (Cello),
Gina Bachauer (Piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1878-1881; Austria Date of Recording: 07/1962 Venue: Watford Town Hall, London, England Length: 43 Minutes 31 Secs.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1by Ludwig van Beethoven Performer:
Gina Bachauer (Piano)
Period: Classical Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 07/09/1963 Venue: Watford Town Hall, London, England Length: 13 Minutes 29 Secs.
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FABULOUS !April 23, 2014By G. Price (Virginia Beach, VA)See All My Reviews"It's wonderful that arkivmusic.com is continuing to make this otherwise out-of-print recording of Gina Bachauer available to the public on an on-demand basis. I have MANY recordings of the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto, and this rates among the very highest. Each artist brings their own flavor, character, and musicianship (three essentials that comprise ARTISTRY) to the pieces they play or have played - and of course the more interesting the musical personality of the interpreter, all the more the musical enjoyment is enhanced. My other favorite recorded renderings of which I own (not in any particular order of preference) are: Gilels, Rubinstein, Backhaus, Cliburn, Richter, Horowitz, Gutierrez, Watts, Gieseking (only two mvts. available on the Artibter label), Jando, Tomsic, and Ousset. Why have so many recordings of the same piece? Well - when it's a favorite piece of music (such as the Brahms 2nd is to me), then I want to hear what my favorite artists have to say in it. Besides, each orchestra, conductor, piano & technician, along with audio recording engineer - they all bring a different chemistry to bear on a masterpiece. The other selections by Brahms, Liszt, and Beethoven on this recording are marvelous as well. But in my estimation - Brahms in particular requires a certain kind of alternating between dramatic gravity (solemnity), and serenity. Lyricism and lushness of musical sound are also key ingredients to adequately surveying and capturing the landscape of Brahms' sound world. I think Bachauer does it to the 9's."Report Abuse
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