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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Intermezzo, Op. 119 / Hardy Rittner, Erard piano 1854

Audio Samples

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119/1

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119/1
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The first Brahms concerto is a touchstone for each and every pianist. Until now nobody had dared to record this concerto on a historical grand piano with an orchestra performing on historical instruments. Brahms initially had in mind a sonata for two pianos, but then it occurred to him that he would need more instruments to realize his musical idea. It was almost overnight, as Clara Schumann reports in a letter, that he got the idea for his first piano concerto. But it then took him five years to finish it! Hardy Rittner was able to use an excellently maintained Erard from 1854 in its original form on the stage in the concert Hall of Bayer Kultur in Leverkusen for this performance.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2012
I want to hear more of Hardy Rittner, an exceptional talent...Dabringhaus und Grimm makes adventurous records. Here is one. If you're open to notions of 'historical' orchestral sound and to pianos in evolution when they were less standardised than today's, do try it.

MusicWeb International, February 2012
Ooh, controversial; beefy Brahms played on an 1854 +rard and accompanied on authentic instruments...the reduced strings aren't an issue, although the +rard's occasional hollowness of sound is mildly distracting.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bayer Kulturhaus Leverkusen (02/11/2011-02/12/2011).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Hardy Rittner (Piano)
  • Conductor: Werner Ehrhardt
  • Ensemble: L'Arte Del Mondo
  • Notes: Bayer Kulturhaus Leverkusen (02/11/2011-02/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1854-1859
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119/1
  • Performer: Hardy Rittner (Piano)
  • Conductor: Werner Ehrhardt
  • Ensemble: L'Arte Del Mondo
  • Notes: Bayer Kulturhaus Leverkusen (02/11/2011-02/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live