Brahms - Piano Concertos 1 & 2
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Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat No: 4793985
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 3rd June 2016
WorksPiano Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.15
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83
ArtistsMaurizio Pollini (piano)
“Pollini’s energy and clarity were thrilling … Thielemann’s astonishing precision and alertness were the product of true greatness” - Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten
“…the partnership works remarkably well. Thielemann's broad-brush expressiveness provides a foil to Pollini's playing, which seems to acquire extra weight and spaciousness from the emphatic orchestra. Some passages have a real theatrical grandeur; the slow movement becomes a rapt hymn . . . [a] very impressive on its own terms.” - The Guardian, 2012
“Sonically speaking, the present performance's warm ambience and natural soloist/orchestra balance resembles the 1977 Vienna traversal . . . Pollini's gold standard technique remains impressively commanding . . . the first movement lacks nothing in power and tonal heft, while Pollini imbues the magical trills and broken octaves (beginning at bar 335) with newfound inflections and shadings . . . The Allegro grazioso unfolds more spontaneously; listen, for example, to Thielemann speeding up when the orchestra answers the main theme, and other whimsical yet undisruptive adjustments . . . In short, Pollini's third Brahms B flat confirms his authoritative musicianship.” - Gramophone, 2014
Recorded live at the Semperoper, Dresden: 2011 (Piano Concerto no.1), 2013 (Piano Concerto no.2)
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