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Brahms: The Piano Concertos; Fantasias Op.116 (DG The Originals) CD


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  • Audio CD (12 Feb 1996)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GQY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 1. Maestoso - Poco più moderatoEugen Jochum24:14£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 2. AdagioEugen Jochum14:48£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)Eugen Jochum12:37£1.49  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 1. Allegro non troppoBerliner Philharmoniker18:18£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 2. Allegro appassionatoEugen Jochum 9:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 3. Andante - Più adagioBerliner Philharmoniker14:03£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco più prestoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 1. Capriccio In D MinorEmil Gilels 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 2. Intermezzo In A MinorEmil Gilels 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 3. Capriccio In G MinorEmil Gilels 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 4. Intermezzo In E MajorEmil Gilels 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 5. Intermezzo In E MinorEmil Gilels 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 6. Intermezzo In E MajorEmil Gilels 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 7. Capriccio In D MinorEmil Gilels 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2013
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These historically significant concerto recordings were made in 1972 and the Opus 116 pieces followed in 1975. The recordings are well matched and all sound well, particularly considering their vintage. In terms of vintage, these performances have gained in stature relative to other recordings as time has passed. This is simply because in the course of time many of the newer recordings which might have superseded these have been found wanting in a variety of ways.

On the subject of recording, this 'original bit mastering' has a slightly improved sound quality when compared to the previous CD issue. In general terms there is improved 'presence' and 'bite' while at the same time there is an increase of warmth to the overall sound. Only by careful comparison using wide ranging replay equipment was this really apparent. it is possible that these somewhat subtle differences may not be significant on other equipment. As an upgrade move from a previous issue, it seems that money might be better spent elsewhere.

As readings of these concertos and solo works, and at the same time as considering Gilel's playing in an historical context, it is also important to recognise the invaluable support he received from his musical colleagues, both Jochum and the BPO, individually and corporately. The overall body of sound and its balance has been well caught be the engineers as described above and in the context of my own replay equipment.

The performances themselves are magisterial in general conception and are conceived on a large, even epic scale. This is certainly true of the more dramatic first concerto but is also a fair comment as regards the second.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. P. Mitchell on 24 Oct 2003
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The ultimate test is how well does the pianist perform in the first few bars of the second piano concerto?. The degree of sensitivity here is beyond description.
These performances are not only exemplary, but monumental in both concertos. These are recordings to die for. Gilels is the best of the very best. The recording quality too is exemplary. Warm and extremely realistic piano tone, vibrant brass, and a spacious sound.
No true Brahms lover should ever live without these magnificent recordings. These discs are really special.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "steady_jimmy" on 3 Dec 2004
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Playing Brahms is so different to any other concertos. The soloist needs to reflect upon the grandeur of Beethoven 'Emperor', simplicity of Schumann, passion of Grieg Piano concerto, and at times, the ability to simply go 'over-the-top' like in Tchaikovsky. The music is working at many different levels, and good soloists know this.
This recording is so special because it balances these different aspects so perfectly. Brahms himself would have been happy about the sensitivity with which Gilels treats the first few bars of the 1st movement of the Second Concerto. However, at the same time, Gilels is aggressive when he needs to (if you have this recording, I suggest you listen to the section starting at 7:05 of the first movement of Brahms 2). The balance of quiet first section and the strong, emotionally-charging block chord section is absolutely perfect.
Good soloist also needs a good orchestra, and here, Berlin Philharmoniker certainly delivers. I am particularly impressed with the horn section, which conveys the distinctive German Romantic atmosphere beautifully.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Barnard on 4 Nov 2011
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Reviewers have accused Gilels and Jochum of being ponderous on this disc. That's understandable, to a degree, given the strong emphasis the performers give to the richness and dark soul present in Brahms' concerti. However, I'm quite reluctant to equate this with being "ponderous". Richness and depth don't imply heaviness, and to my ears, our performers never burden us. It's certain that both Gilels and Jochum incorporate a wistful singing quality; there's always a beautiful lyricism, pleasing in a way quite unlike anything I've heard before. Call it ponderous if you want to, but I'm optimistic.

Let's begin by taking a look at the 1st Piano Concerto. Much of the thematic material was intended to be used as a symphony. One could guess as much, given the towering sense of symphonic structure, especially in the lengthy first movement. It's a dark work, one that delivers the fate that we often associate with the key of D minor. It presents serious challenges to its interpreters, asking for the structural aspects of the work to be felt, but, at the same time, this work has got to be more than menace. I think Gilels and Jochum succeed in their efforts. The Berliners play with their Brahmsian richness and depth of tone (this orchestra is unrivaled in Brahms, after all) and Jochum creates a strong orchestral tone for Gilels while not sounding harsh. Gilels' phrasing is genuinely beautiful, letting light come through the clouds. When I'm done listening to this performance, I still think that this is Brahms at his darkest, but there's no way I can consider it cold, at least not in the face of such interpreters as we have here.

Let's be honest: we all like the sunny 2nd more than the fateful 1st. Where else does Brahms rise to such levels of catchy lyricism while being so majestic?
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