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Brahms: Die Klavierkonzerte, Fantasien / Gilels, Jochum

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"In the First Concerto Emil Gilels embraces completely Jochum's approach; his peremptory piano playing is almost harsh, and its lack of ornamentation reveals a lyricism in the work which other performances too often tame." -Repertoire

Gramophone - James Jolly
Titanic performances that underline the structural integrity of these massive works, but also alive to their poetic heart

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The booklet-notes make reference to the original Gramophone review, in which Gilels and Jochum were praised for 'a rapt songfulness that in no way detracts from Brahms's heroism, and so comes closer to that unique and complex combination of attitudes that for me is Brahms more than any other performances of these concertos I have ever heard, on records or otherwise'. It might be added that Jochum and the Berlin Philharmonic make plain sailing where others struggle with choppy cross-currents (admittedly sometimes to Brahms's advantage) and that the recordings don't sound their age. Other interpreters have perhaps probed a little deeper here and there; neither concerto rests content with a single interpretation, the Second especially. As for the Seven Piano Pieces, Gilels viewed the opus as a single piece, a musical novella in several chapters.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 51 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1854-1859

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performers: Ottomar Borwitzky (Cello); Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 51 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1881

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892