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Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Backhaus, Böhm

Release Date: 07/01/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466380   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wilhelm Backhaus was 83 years young when he committed this outstanding Brahms Second Concerto to disc in 1967 (the Mozart dates from 12 years earlier). Karl Böhm was merely a spry 71, and in a particularly happy stage of his long career--his exceptional recordings of Bruckner's Third and Fourth Symphonies date from the same general period, and the Vienna Philharmonic was playing with that special combination of warmth and effortless accuracy that so easily becomes slackness under a less disciplined baton. The results deserve their classic status. Backhaus plays without a trace of showmanship, but with unfailing insight. His ability to illuminate the music's inner lines and the clarity of his voice-leading in the Brahms concerto's slow Read more movement leads the listener through this immensely lengthy work with sovereign ease. This performance really flows, as does the Mozart coupling, though here the Vienna Phil had not quite the luster it was to acquire later. Excellently remastered, this well filled CD presents the work of a master pianist placing his art completely in the service of the music. Unassuming, maybe, but so satisfying!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Everything about [this recording] is so perfectly, absolutely, stunningly right....It is both legendary and magisterial, and if any recording of this work can be claimed to be definitive, the best on records, this is it...

-- American Record Guide [1/2000]
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1967 
Venue:  Sofienssal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 48 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1955 
Venue:  Redoutenssal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 29 Minutes 21 Secs. 

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