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Brahms: Piano Concerto 2 / Alfred Brendel, Abbado


Release Date: 04/08/1992 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 432975   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brendel realizes the solo part of the Brahms Second Piano Concerto with a weightiness of tone and the shrewdness of page after page of musical detailing.

...[T]here can be little doubt that it is the orchestra—as ever, peerless in Brahms—that gives this recording its distinctive character. It provides exactly the right fully-fledged symphonic context for Brendel. It also inspires him to realize the solo part with a weightiness of tone and concentration of line that hasn't always been there to complement the natural clarity of his Brahms. Thus, though individual movement timings are virtually identical with those on Brendel's earlier 1973 Amsterdam version on Philips, the scale and musical reach of the performance is
Read more considerably extended, as, indeed, is the shrewdness of page after page of musical detailing.

Abbado, too, now takes a shrewder view of the music than he did in 1977 when he recorded the concerto with Pollini in Vienna for DG. No movement suffers more from bland conducting than the miraculous finale. (''We have done our work, let the children play in the world which our work has made safer and happier for them'', as Tovey puts it.) The great representative recording here—seemingly forgotten by DG—was made in Berlin in 1960 by Geza Anda under Ferenc Fricsay's matchlessly idiomatic direction (6/61—nla). This version, it has to be said, is almost in the same league.

-- Richard Osborne,, Gramophone [6/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83: 1. Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83: 2. Allegro appassionato
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83: 3. Andante - Più adagio
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83: 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco più presto

Customer Reviews

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 wonderful recording! December 5, 2012 By John P. (Roseville, MN) See All My Reviews "wonderful recording!" Report Abuse
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