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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Grieg: Piano Concerto Op. 16 (DG The Originals)

Herbert von Karajan, Geza Anda Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Aug 2010)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000174LU2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 1. Allegro non troppo17:42Album Only
Listen  2. Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 2. Allegro appassionato 9:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 3. Andante - Pił adagio12:32Album Only
Listen  4. Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco pił presto 9:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.16 - 1. Allegro molto moderato13:04Album Only
Listen  6. Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.16 - 2. Adagio 7:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.16 - 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso10:44Album Only

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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Birthday Present 3 Jan 2011
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As we had purchased this CD for ourselves earlier we purchased this copy as a birthday present for a close relative who, enjoys it greatly, especially as there are two favoured pieces on the recording
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Brahms 19 Jun 2004
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There is a real electricity in the Brahms interpretion of Geza Anda's....his sense of pulse and drive really underly the incredible virtuosity of the Berlin Philharmonic. The opening movement moves along at the hectic pace but with some really urgent dramitic high points especially in the development section. Karajan really alots a very special role to the brass in this movement and the inspired playing is a to the cello solo at the opening of the third movement it is given a really fine treatment by Mr. Finke...then principal of the Berlin Phil.
As to the Finale it has a nice relaxed sense of wonder without the hectic nature other conductors ascribe to Brahms here...I really think that this is one of the finest recordings of any music made anywhere...just incredible. Herr Koch has some beautiful spots as well, and Gerd Seifert on Horn is a really fine soloist in the opening....give this one a try...!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Grieg, but Anda has done better Brahms elsewhere 6 Dec 2009
By Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo - Published on
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**3 1/2 stars**
This is a pretty uneven disc. Anda does quite well in the Grieg, but less so in the Brahms. By the time of this recording, Anda was past his prime, and the incredibly difficult Brahms concerto seems to tax the soloist at times. Another problem in the Brahms in my opinion is Karajan. Karajan was a very good Brahms conductor, but I don't really see that on this disc. Never the most sympathetic of accompanists, Karajan does not appear to be completely in sync with his soloist. At one point during the first orchestral statement of the theme in the first movement, Karajan seems to bring in horns too early! The mediocre results are as much his fault as Anda's - there are other moments throughout the account where neither Karajan nor Anda appear to be able to decide on phrasing.
The Grieg, a less difficult concerto, benefits from a more cooperative rapport between Anda and his accompanist, Rafael Kubelik. In that work, Anda doesn't sound taxed at all, and does a fine job all the way through the most devilish of passages. Kubelik provides a strong and far more compliant accompaniment, and the end result is much more satisfying, in fact a very good Grieg concerto. Still, I've heard better...Curzon/Fjelstadt/London Phil., Lupu/Previn/LSO, and Entremont/Ormandy/PO all come immediately to mind. As for the quality of accompaniment, the BPO does well in both works, with their characteristic tight ensemble work, burnished string tones and strong brass and wind ensemble.
Sound quality is good, well-detailed with good dynamic range, if occasionally bright. It's been remastered and both works sound better than they have in previous CD incarnations. Liner notes are (as usual) a little weak, as seems to be the case throughout the Originals series.
Not a great disc overall, as there is better Brahms elsewhere, although the Grieg is quite strong. For a better idea of what Anda can do in Brahms, see his 1960 recording with Ferenc Fricsay and the BPO. That disc - recorded 7 years prior this one - shows Anda in far greater command, and benefitting from backing from a much more sympathetic conductor. The result is one of my very favorite Brahms #2s, alongside the performances of Fleisher/Szell, Backhaus/Bohm, and Gilels/Jochum. I don't understand why they wouldn't just take this earlier performance and remaster that for the Originals series.
4 1/2 stars for the Grieg then, 2 1/2 for the Brahms.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anda, splattered on the windshield. 3 Aug 2013
By Goosta - Published on
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Hearing Anda tinkling through the Brahms keywork in opposition to Karajan's symphonic roar for German glory is one of my strangest listening experiences. They are a complete mismatch, yet I can't recall a truly great Karajan concerto besides the Mutter/Brahms. I always thought he and Pollini would be a great pair, yet they never played together. Maybe it is the Nazi-phobia? Anyway this is the best orchestral rendition of the Brahms, beating out Abbado's great performance with Pollini from the 90's, but as a whole it is a musical disaster.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 20 Nov 2013
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One of the best recordings of this piece I have ever heard. I don't understand why he's not as popular as other pianists. The man was genius.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anda becomes roadkill 30 Oct 2012
By Bekka - Published on
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Anda was flagging badly at this point in his career and here his gasping, diminished remains were extinguished by the greatness of Karajan. The Santa Fe Listener is right.

Karajan unleashes the BPO for awesome glory and the result is the best orchestral performance of the Brahms 2nd I've ever heard, surpassing Furtwangler. Get the disc for Karajan. I recently underhanded Karajan in a review of Furtwangler's Beethoven. After listening to this recording and Karajan's 1963 Brahms 1st, I'm wondering again--who was greater?
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