Brahms - Piano Concerto no.1, Ballades op.10 | Harmonia Mundi HMC902191

Brahms - Piano Concerto no.1, Ballades op.10


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC902191

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 15th April 2016



Paul Lewis (piano)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Daniel Harding


Brahms, Johannes

Ballades (4), op.10
Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.15


Paul Lewis (piano)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Daniel Harding


British pianist Paul Lewis has risen to international stardom with a particularly enviable reputation in the Viennese heartlands of the piano repertoire. Here he plays Brahms' First Piano Concerto with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, coupled with Brahms' emotionally powerful early Ballades Op.10. Piano Concerto No.2, which Paul has not yet played, will follow in 2018.

“every now and again a recording comes along that makes you want to dance in the street, handing out copies to complete strangers. This is one of those instances...Time and again, you marvel at the confidence and sureness of Lewis's playing, combined with the finesse and musicality that he has always displayed. It's the kind of playing, in fact, where comparisons cease to matter....” - Gramophone


[Lewis’s] account has clarity, muscle and steely pride, but also intimacy, vulnerability and volatility: the combination is magnetic. Conductor Daniel Harding goes for full-out symphonic bulk from the start and his Swedish orchestra sounds hearty and brooding – fuzzier-edged than Lewis’s metallic attack, but generally the partnership works. As a bonus, Lewis plays Brahms’s four Ballades Op 10; quiet, urgent and full of singing lines.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 8 April 2016
Soloist and orchestra dialogue as equals in Brahms’s defiantly symphonic First Piano Concerto, and so for a performance to succeed they need to operate on the same musical wavelength. Fortunately, Paul Lewis and Daniel Harding share a similar conception, striving for an ideal balance between the work’s Romantic and Classical aspects. ... [An] awareness of the underlying emotional tensions between major and minor key material makes Lewis’s performances of the Four Ballades just as memorable.  Erik Levi
BBC Music Magazine June 2016

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