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Schumann: Cello Concerto; Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 / Du Pre, Gelber

Schumann / Gelber / Radio Symphonie Orchester
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  Audite   Catalog #: 95622   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Jacqueline Du PréBruno-Leonardo Gelber
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As part of its series of historic recordings, the audite label presents another notable jewel. On 5 March 1963 two great virtuosos made their Berlin débuts with orchestra in the same concert: the then 18-year-old cellist Jacqueline du Pré and the 22-year-old pianist Bruno Leonardo Gelber. Du Pré’s interpretation of the Schumann Cello Concerto seems more vivid and contains greater contrasts even than her later recording of the work. With his reading of Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, Gelber communicates a conception of a large-scale work, shaping the inner contrasts and connections without ever losing sight of the overall coherence. For everyone who is interested in the history of interpretation, these two live documents Read more of a great moment in Berlin’s post-war musical life are a must.

live recording, Berlin 1963

This CD forms part of our series “Legendary Recordings” and bears the stamp “1st Master Release”. This term stands for the exceptional quality of audite’s archive releases which are all, without exception, produced using original tapes from the radio archives. Usually, these are the original analogue tapes with tape speeds of up to 76 cm/s which are of astonishingly high quality, even by today’s standards. In addition, the process of re-mastering – executed with professional expertise and sensitivity – reveals hitherto hidden details of the interpretations, creating a sonic image of superior quality. CD releases produced from private recordings of radio broadcasts or old 78rpm records cannot match this level of sound quality. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré (Cello)
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber (Piano)
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 

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