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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major after the Violin Concerto

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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Sound, Recorded : Applause
>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Sound, Recorded : Applause
>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Channel Classics presents the world premiere recording of Dejan Lazic's arrangement for piano and orchestra of Johannes Brahms' beloved violin concerto. Recorded live with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra led by Robert Spano, the work's creation was driven by two major inspirations. One was keyboard arrangements of violin concertos by Bach and Beethoven that were penned by the composers and the other was Brahms' own countless arrangements and transcriptions of his and other composers' works. Although Lazic completely re-wrote and re-thought the solo part, penning it in a clearly recognizable Brahmsian style and adding his own cadenza, the orchestral score remains entirely unchanged. Ultimately, Lazic's goal was to translate Brahms's unique musical language into a new setting without losing any of its original musical value and, in addition, to give pianists an equal chance to perform and enjoy this wonderful music.

"There are inevitably some trade-offs... Still, this is a remarkable reincarnation of a hallowed classic; and Lazic plays it with flair, eloquence, and obvious devotion. It was recorded in concert before a quiet audience; Channel Classics considerately gives the applause a separate track. Sonics are very good, with the piano and orchestra appropriately balanced. The multichannel SACD encoding adds immediacy and spaciousness. Three solo pieces, nicely played and captured with exceptional fidelity, fill out the program: Two Rhapsodies from Opus 79 and the Opus 4 Scherzo in E-flat minor." - American Record Guide

Gramophone Magazine
... you'll be amazed just how well Lazic's transcription works... The ravishing slow movement works unexpectedly well, Lazic's first entry suspending the top line over a warmly flowing accompaniment, the "filling in" obviously the work of an educated Brahmsian who has a profound understanding of the master's style. No problems whatever with the lilting, gypsy-style finale... and the whole performance (recorded live) gives this fascinating and musically rewarding experiment its best possible shot.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 10/2009.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Spano
  • Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 39 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Spano
  • Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
  • Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851