Brahms - Piano Concerto no.2, Paganini Variations | Australian Eloquence ELQ4822878

Brahms - Piano Concerto no.2, Paganini Variations

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4822878

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 1st July 2016

Contents

Artists

John Lill (piano)
USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Klavierstucke (8), op.76
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83
Variations (28) on a theme of Paganini, op.35

Artists

John Lill (piano)
USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Gennady Rozhdestvensky

About

Pianist John Lill, born in London in 1944, has long been associated with the music of Beethoven and Brahms. He catapulted to international fame, however, when he was the co-winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. The Concerto No.2 presented here is a live recording from that competition, dating from 25 June.

The audience’s vociferous response at the end speaks for itself. Lill’s expertise in this repertoire stems, in part, from his studies with Wilhelm Kempff. He also studied at the Royal College of Music. Together with the Paganini Variations and the Op.76 Piano Pieces, these represent all the recordings Lill made for Deutsche Grammophon. All receive their first CD and digital release.

“strength, fluency, clarity and musicianly sense of proportion [...] the engineering is very good” - [Opp. 35 & 76] Gramophone, November 1970

“you are clearly in the presence of a strong and confident artist [ 133;] This is an exciting record of a great occasion ... and a fine account of the concerto by any standards.” - [Piano Concerto No. 2] Gramophone, July 1971

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