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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Chopin, Liszt / Loughran/BBC SO, Ohlsson [DVD]

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
>Liszt, Franz : Harmonies poetiques et religieuses (10), for piano, S. 173 (LW A158)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Garrick Ohlsson won the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, just four years before the recitalperformance of Chopin and Liszt featured on this DVD. Ohlsson has also recorded the complete works of Chopin to global acclaim and is widely regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of his works.

MusicWeb International
The first movement is nicely paced, flowing and big. Indeed "big" is the right word for this performance. Loughran knows what he is doing with this music. He draws a well blended, robust sound from the orchestra, right from the opening horn call. Ohlsson shares his dramatic conception of the concerto, moving from gentle rhapsodic playing to roaring climaxes with the ebb and flow of the musical narrative. The uncredited principal cellist brings grace and charm to the andante, which Ohlsson matches and exceeds, and the finale is smile-coaxingly playful, but never lightweight. The highlight of this performance is the second movement. Ohlsson is at his rhapsodic best here. There are occasional wrong notes and horn wobbles, but they matter little when the performance is as exciting as this one.

Amazon.com
These performances by Garrick Ohlsson were recorded in the 1970s, not so very long after he had won the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the only American ever to do so. The recital portion was recorded in 1974 (when Ohlsson was just 26) and the Brahms concerto in 1978.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 78 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: James Loughran
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878-1881

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Liszt, Franz : Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses (10), for piano, S. 173 (LW A158) :: 7. Funérailles
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1853