Brahms - Piano Concerto No.2 | Opus Arte OA1022D

Brahms - Piano Concerto No.2

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OA1022D

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st February 2010

Contents

Artists

Joaquin Achucarro (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Colin Davis

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83

Artists

Joaquin Achucarro (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Colin Davis

About

This recording commemorates the 50th anniversary of Joaquín Achúcarro’s debut with the London Symphony Orchestra after winning the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic International Competition in 1959. Recorded at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, with Britain’s eminent conductor Colin Davis at the helm, Achúcarro delivers a consummate performance that brilliantly expresses his delicate and passionate style.

Extra features include a substantial documentary about Achúcarro’s career and performances of solo piano pieces by Brahms, Chopin, Scriabin and Albéniz filmed in the beautiful setting of the Prado museum, Madrid.

Recorded live at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, May 2009.

Extra features:
Joaquín Achúcarro: 50 years on
• Documentary including interviews with Plácido Domingo, Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta.
Achúcarro at the Prado - solo piano performances of:
- Brahms: Three Intermezzi Op.117
- Chopin: Preludes Op.28 Nos.15 & 16
- Scriabin: Prelude & Nocturne Op.9
- Albéniz: Iberia Op.47 Book 1 No.2

Achúcarro’s approach is unorthodox in today’s stick-to-the-letter-of-the-score, mechanically perfect musical world. His rubati seem excessive to some; to others, like a throwback to a Golden Age. For all of his reverence for the great composers whose music he plays, he maintains a healthy sense of their humanity as well. “Our duty is first of all to understand what composer does and wants, and then to try to deliver it the best we can, but also to serve the music,” he says. “And maybe sometimes the composer is wrong.” He adds, “People say you must follow the text. But if you follow the text, perhaps the music is not totally served.” … And he views what he does as a performer as an act of creation in its own right.” - The Washington Post

Running time: 131 mins
Region code: All regions
Picture format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound format: 2.0 PCM & 5.1 DTS
Menu language: EN
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT
International Record Review Outstanding

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