Brahms - Piano Concertos 1 & 2 | Deutsche Grammophon 4793985

Brahms - Piano Concertos 1 & 2

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4793985

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 3rd June 2016

Contents

Artists

Maurizio Pollini (piano)
Staatskapelle Dresden

Conductor

Christian Thielemann

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.15
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83

Artists

Maurizio Pollini (piano)
Staatskapelle Dresden

Conductor

Christian Thielemann

About

Acclaim for Maurizio Pollini’s triumphant reunion with the legendary Staatskapelle Dresden and his very first recordings with the incomparable Christian Thielemann:

“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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