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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Maurizio Pollini, Thielemann, Dresden Staatskapelle

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
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Notes & Reviews:

Recorded 'live' at the Semperoper, Dresden, in January 2013, this performance of Brahms's Piano Concerto No.2 reunited the dream-team of Maurizio Pollini and the Staatskapelle orchestra under Christian Thielemann.

Pollini and Thielemann had already won a prestigious ECHO award for their DG recording of the first concerto, released in 2012.

Brahms's second piano concerto has had a particularly notable history in the city of Dresden, where the composer himself played the work twice on the stage of the Semperoper - where this recording was made.

Premiered nearly twenty years after its predecessor and quite different in character, the concerto is still one of the greatest challenges of the piano repertory - not just because of its daunting technical demands but also because of the sheer scale of its four movements.

Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten
The resolve and self-assurance with which Pollini played here was fascinating. The sound was able to gain in breadth and depth. Christian Thielemann accompanied with great attention and with tightly coiled flexibility.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
A distinguished addition to Pollini's discography, for sure, but though others may disagree, for me this never quite catches fire.

The Times, 16th May 2014
Who would have thought that chalk and cheese could be so tasty?...chalk and cheese stand out clearly. Thielemann's orchestra sweeps ahead, almost swooning through individual phrases. Against that background Pollini's notes - clean, precise, a trifle dry - glint like jewels in a warm bowl of porridge.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Semperoper, Dresden (01/2013).


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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
  • Running Time: 46 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1881
  • Studio/Live: Live