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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.

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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.

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