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Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Daniel Barenboim, piano; Dudamel, Staatskapelle Berlin

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new recording of both of Brahms' Piano Concertos features two artists and one orchestra, all of whom are recognized around the world for their individual talents. Daniel Barenboim performs the solo piano part while Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin in these live and thrilling recordings.\

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Powerful and beautifully crafted, this recording - the first from the relationship between DG and the Boston Symphony under Nelsons - is a hugely impressive sign of just what this ensemble/maestro partnership may go on to achieve.

The Times, 31st July 2015
Nelsons excels at building momentum and paces [the first movement] masterfully...If that level of dramatic engagement isn't quite sustained, it's partly because the glamorous sound of the orchestra, caught live in Boston, sometimes contradicts Nelsons's own assertions about the piece...Put that to one side and this is thrilling music-making, already whetting the appetite for the next instalment.

Sunday Times, 16th August 2015
We shall never know whether the second movement is, indeed, a "portrait" of Stalin, but it undoubtedly is a depiction of tyranny in music, electrifyingly played here. The 10th is the main work of the BSO's first programme, and the recording certainly whets the appetite for the rest of the series.

The Guardian, 20th August 2015
Don't press play without checking the volume levels first: Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra begin their new Shostakovich series with the Passacaglia from the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and its first chord is genuinely cataclysmic...It at once recalibrates your ears and sets the tone for the ensuing performance of the 10th Symphony.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2015
[These accounts] capture on the wing a vibrant partnership between grand maestro at the piano and young lion on the podium... occasional moments of unexpected magic flair up, such as the vibrant exchange between piano and cellos in the second movement of [the Second Concerto], and I defy anyone to breathe during its slow movement in the minutes before the return of the cello solo (whose player, incidentally, deserves a credit, but doesn't get one).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (09/01/2014-09/03/2014).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (09/01/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1854-1859
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (09/01/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 50 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1881
  • Studio/Live: Live