Brahms - Piano Concerto no.1, 4 Ballades op.10 | Ondine ODE13302

Brahms - Piano Concerto no.1, 4 Ballades op.10


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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13302

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st November 2019



Lars Vogt (piano)
Royal Northern Sinfonia


Lars Vogt


Brahms, Johannes

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


Lars Vogt (piano)
Royal Northern Sinfonia


Lars Vogt


Lars Vogt continues his series of concerto recordings with the Royal Northern Sinfonia with this new recording of Johannes Brahmsís (1833Ė1897) First Piano Concerto together with Four Ballades, op.10, for solo piano. As in previous albums, Lars Vogt conducts from the keyboard.

The evolution of Brahmsís First Piano Concerto took several steps. Originally conceived to become a sonata for two pianos, through orchestration it was developed into a four-movement symphony until reaching its final form of a piano concerto in three movements. During the process, which lasted from 1854 to 1856, some movements were also discarded and replaced by new material. This music is packed with much drama. No wonder, since these years were particularly tumultuous in Brahmsís personal life: it was during this period that his great mentor Robert Schumann was sent into an asylum and ultimately died. It was also a time when Brahms formed a close, lifelong friendship to Clara Schumann. Some of these feelings might well be echoed in the peaceful second movement, Adagio.

Brahmsís Four Ballades, op.10, are works written in 1854 by a young composer barely in his 20s, yet these pieces are technically mature and profound in such a manner that they could even be compared to his final piano opuses.


The performance was captured over two days in late 2018 in the orchestraís home space, the Sage Gateshead concert hall. The music-making is nothing short of sensational. This is a bold Brahms D minor with immense character, audacious and courageous. It is also perhaps the most sensitive and subtle reading of the score in recent memory. ... I suspect that this is Brahms you will treasure in the long term and I urge you not to miss it.  Patrick Rucker
Gramophone January 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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