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Brahms: Piano Concerto no 1 / Maurizio Pollini, piano; Christian Thielemann

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
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Notes & Reviews:

In June this year, after an absence of a quarter-century, the legendary Maurizio Pollini returned to Dresden's Semperoper to play Brahms's First Piano Concerto under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Not at all surprisingly, they brought the house down.

"Pollini plays with tremendous authority and passion...It's a magisterial interpretation...Yet if anything it's Thielemann's contribution that's more remarkable...his command of the orchestra here arouses admiration...[in the Adagio] Pollini and Thielemann produce one of the most beautiful and refinedly spiritual interpretations in recent years. It's a reading of profound poetry." -BBC Music Magazine

"The conductor is Christian Thielemann, not an obvious collaborator for a musician of Pollini's temperament and outlook, yet in practice the partnership works remarkably well. Thielemann's broad-brush expressiveness provides a foil to Pollini's playing, which seems to acquire extra weight and spaciousness from the emphatic orchestra. Some passages have a real theatrical grandeur; the slow movement becomes a rapt hymn" -The Guardian

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Semperoper, Dresden (06/2011).


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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Running Time: 45 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1854-1859