BRAHMS, JOHANNES

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Compact Disc / Brilliant Box
17 Mar 2014

Barcode: 0825646322954

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Other participants: Nicholas Angelich, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi, Johannes Brahms

“Nicholas Angelich was born to play Brahms,” said The Daily Telegraph, “He has the titanic technique that has to be the first port of call in tackling music of this magnitude and power...” Gramophone, meanwhile, has praised his “wholly exceptional drama, sweep and impeccable craftsmanship” in the composer’s music” This two-CD set unites Angelich’s recordings of the two Brahms Piano Concertos, both with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Paavo Järvi.                                        

“American pianist Nicholas Angelich was born to play Brahms (…). Angelich has the titanic technique that has to be the first port of call in tackling music of his magnitude and power...”This is a magnificent disc, and deserves pride of place in any Brahms-lover’s library.” The Daily Telegraph

“Brahms was always very important for me -- and for my parents,” explained Angelich in a recent interview with Pianiste magazine “… I studied the sonata in F minor op 5 when I was 10 or 11 years old … When I was 9 or 10 I played the second sonata with my father and I worked on the Concerto No 2 when I was 14 .. Then I discovered the string chamber music, the songs, and I played all the chamber music with piano. All this was very nourishing for me.”

“Trenchant, focused Brahms from a formidable player (…). Nicholas Angelich is an American pianist, trained in Paris, whose performances on this disc are of a wholly exceptional drama, sweep and impeccable craftsmanship. Few young pianists have so little truck with flighty, salon-ish alternatives to seriousness, and his Brahms is sufficiently authoritative to make one long to hear him in the piano concertos. (…) Angelich’s is nonetheless among the finest recordings of Brahms’s formidable masterpiece.” Gramophone

CD 1

Johannes Brahms 1833-1897

Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor / en ré mineur / d-moll Op.15
1 I Maestoso 23.43
2 II Adagio 14.54
3 III Rondo (Allegro non troppo) 12.44

CD 2

Johannes Brahms 1833-1897

Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major . en si bémol majeur . B-dur Op.83
1 I Allegro non troppo 17:59
2 II Allegro appassionato 8:50
3 III Andante 12:29
4 IV Allegretto grazioso 9:24

Nicholas Angelich piano
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

Co-production with Frankfurt Radio

Recording Sendesaal, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt, 5-9.II.2007 (Concerto No. 1) / 6, 7, 8, 9.IV.2009
(Concerto No.2)