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Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 & Hungarian Dances for Piano [Enhanced]

Nicholas Angelich Audio CD
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Nicholas Angelich is noted in both Romantic and Modern repertoire, and his special mastery of Brahms is well documented on Virgin Classics. His achievements include performing Liszt’s entire Années de Pèlerinage in a single evening and his authoritative interpretations of modern and living composers such as Messiaen, Stockhausen, Boulez, Pierre Henry and the young Frenchman ... Read more in Amazon's Nicholas Angelich Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0013D8K2S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op.15: I. MaestosoNicholas Angelich/Paavo Järvi/hr-Sinfonieorchester23:48Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op.15: II. AdagioNicholas Angelich/Paavo Järvi/hr-Sinfonieorchester14:54Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op.15: III. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)Nicholas Angelich/Paavo Järvi/Frankfurt Sinfonie Orchestra12:50Album Only
Listen  4. Hungarian Dances: No.1 in G MinorNicholas Angelich/Frank Braley 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hungarian Dances: No.2 in D MinorNicholas Angelich/Frank Braley 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hungarian Dances: No.3 in F MajorNicholas Angelich/Frank Braley 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hungarian Dances: No.4 in F MinorNicholas Angelich/Frank Braley 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hungarian Dances: No.5 in F Sharp MinorNicholas Angelich/Frank Braley 1:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hungarian Dances: No.7 in A MajorNicholas Angelich/Frank Braley 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hungarian Dances: No.11 in A MinorNicholas Angelich/Frank Braley 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hungarian Dances: No.14 in D MinorNicholas Angelich/Frank Braley 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Hungarian Dances: No.17 in F Sharp MinorNicholas Angelich/Frank Braley 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 


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For his 5th recording on Virgin Classics, Nicholas Angelich furthers his exploration of the Brahms' masterpieces for piano. Following the global critical acclaim of his two piano recital and two chamber albums, he tackles the great demanding work of Brahms' youth, the Piano Concerto in D minor, together with with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

Angelich couples this complex work with what are considered Brahms' most popular works, the Hungarian Dances, accompanied by the French pianist Frank Braley. Out of the twenty-one composed by Brahms, the programme offers nine Dances, here in their original form for four hands and featuring the most famous Hungarian Dance, No. 5, in F-sharp minor.

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CD Composer: NICHOLAS ANGELICH

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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This recording, made in 2007, is one of the series of very impressive and musically rewarding discs of Brahms made by Nicholas Angelich and which, once hooked, I have bought in its entirety.

There is no shortage of much admired recordings of central repertoire such as this piano concerto. Even in my own scaled down library players such as Curzon, Gilels, Fleisher, Friere and Kovacevich still compete for attention and every one of them have been described as individually outstanding, or even as definitive, in the past. For another to be added to this list it must have something special to offer and this Angelich has.

The special feature that he brings to his playing of this concerto for instance, quite apart from the obvious requirement to be able to play all the notes with apparent ease, is a natural lyrical expressiveness. This characteristic is not added on as part of an interpretation. It seems to inform his very way of thinking about every note, every turn of phrase. In this way he is able to bring a certain gentleness to bear while never for a moment, faltering in rising to every climatic moment with appropriate power.

The orchestra is well-led by Paavo Jarvi who proves to be an attentive and supportive partner. The recording is both clear and well-balanced.

The disc is completed with a selection of 9 Hungarian Dances in the version for 4 hands. In this Angelich is partnered by Frank Braley, a notable pianist in his own right and whom I first came across in his impressive DVD recital at the Roque d'Antheron concerts

Obviously in such a crowded market it would be unwise and doubtful to suggest a clear winner. However, what it is possible to do is to suggest that this fine disc deserves to be considered along with the finest available. Purchasers are unlikely to feel in any way dissatisfied and may do as I have done, and collect more of Angelich's discs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Brahms 1 I had been looking for 17 Jun 2012
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This is the best recording of this work I have heard for a long time .Superb playing and wonderful recording
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Brahms recording! 17 April 2008
By Chicago Musician - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent new Brahms recording from Nicholas Angelich and Pavel Järvi. Angelich plays with great beauty and variety of tone and observes Brahms's dynamic markings meticulously. The soloist's first entry is truly played piano, as marked in the score, yet he has huge reserves of power when needed. He phrases beautifully, and only occasionally fails to convince with his rubato.The orchestral playing is excellent and the orchestral balance is exemplary. An excellent performance, which is far superior to recent recordings by Andsnes and Zimerman.

The Hungarian dances are an inspired coupling. Angelich and Frank Braley relish this music and they play with great rythmic verve and kaleidascopic colors. Their ensemble is truly breathtaking!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Commanding and Enjoyable Brahms 18 Oct 2008
By I. Martinez-Ybor - Published on Amazon.com
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Brahms First sounds like music that initially must be tamed before beauties are to be revealed. The very good news indeed is that Nicholas Angelich, as we had begun to suspect from earlier chamber recordings, is its total master, and indeed reveals all the beauties inherent in this great score. His interpretation, together with Jarvi, presents a great piece of music which incorporates an astoundingly difficult piano part here played with power, nuance, beauty of tone, sense of structure (no, Angelich does not fight the orchestra nor is he swamped by it), rather with clarity, insight and power, we have a collaboration that reveals the score in its majestic sweep. One has to go back to the Zimerman and Bernstein dvdBrahms: Piano Concertos 1-2for as satisfying a performance. The recorded sound is magnificent.

The selection of Hungarian Dances played by Angelich with Frank Braley in their original piano four-hands version are sheer delight, and an easy flowing complement to the final rondo movement of the concerto. The virtuosity, rhythmic freedom, the coloristic piano detail that these two wonderful pianists bring to their playing will bring delight to the many hearings this CD will elicit. Every note just seems to be right, with no more and no less the lightness of touch or heavy accent that is called for in the score, while always sounding honest and spontaneous, both pianists swinging side by side to the slancios in the music and the vibrant gypsy rhythms. One cannot help but feel that Angelich and Braley thoroughly enjoyed recording these pieces, and makes one wish to play with some imaginary friend sitting by one's side in front of the keyboard. Hearing this, one is reminded how much fun playing piano four-hands can truly be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angelich's lyrical way with this concerto is more personal than most 2 April 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is a corrective to an earlier unfavorable one I wrote two years ago. Since then, a triumphant recording of the Brahms Second Cto. was issued by Nicholas Angelich and Paavo Jarvi. In light of that, I wondered if I had gotten off on the wrong foot with their Brahms First Cto., recorded in 2008. It's heartening to root for rising pianists, and I had expected a lot from Angelich, american born and turning 41 this year. He is Paris-based and has recorded Brahms chamber music to critical acclaim.

My initial reaciton had been that this Brahms First was soft-grained and shapeless. Paavo Jarvi gets off to a fairly low-key start, with reticent phrasing and not much attempt to discipline Brahms's sprawling exposition. When Angelich enters, he falls in line, giving us lovely, mellow piano sounds (abetted by an outstanding recording) that don't bring the solo part into sharp enough focus. This is a heroic work, and we are supposed to sense the stuggle and conflict inherent in a stream of grand events. At least that's how most successful soloists approach the Bwork, in my experience. Floating on a cloud isn't a satisfying substitute.

That was then, but now I am more sympathetic to a softer, more lyrical approach, reminding myself that Ivan Moravec shaped his Brahms concerto recordings along much the same lines. Jarvi and Angelich clearly want to make a new impression, one of unbroken lyrical flow, and they stay true to their conception through the Adagio and finale. I still wish for more dramatic tension and rhythmic vitality, but this is a real interpretation, and I find myself respecting it more the second time around.

The CD is filled out with nine Hungarian Dances, played four-hand by Angelich with Frank Braley. The absence of punch and vitality in these silky performances leads me to believe that Angelich sees Brahms very differently from the way I do -- smoother, carefully nuanced, and much less robust and energetic. There's room for that approach, just not at the very summit.
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive and perceptive new recording to join the top rank of choice 13 Dec 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This recording, made in 2007, is one of the series of very impressive and musically rewarding discs of Brahms made by Nicholas Angelich and which, once hooked, I have bought in its entirety.

There is no shortage of much admired recordings of central repertoire such as this piano concerto. Even in my own scaled down library players such as Curzon, Gilels, Fleisher, Friere and Kovacevich still compete for attention and every one of them have been described as individually outstanding, or even as definitive, in the past. For another to be added to this list it must have something special to offer and this Angelich has.

The special feature that he brings to his playing of this concerto for instance, quite apart from the obvious requirement to be able to play all the notes with apparent ease, is a natural lyrical expressiveness. This characteristic is not added on as part of an interpretation. It seems to inform his very way of thinking about every note, every turn of phrase. In this way he is able to bring a certain gentleness to bear while never for a moment, faltering in rising to every climatic moment with appropriate power.

The orchestra is well-led by Paavo Jarvi who proves to be an attentive and supportive partner. The recording is both clear and well-balanced.

The disc is completed with a selection of 9 Hungarian Dances in the version for 4 hands. In this Angelich is partnered by Frank Braley, a notable pianist in his own right and whom I first came across in his impressive DVD recital at the Roque d'Antheron concerts

Obviously in such a crowded market it would be unwise and doubtful to suggest a clear winner. However, what it is possible to do is to suggest that this fine disc deserves to be considered along with the finest available. Purchasers are unlikely to feel in any way dissatisfied and may do as I have done, and collect more of Angelich's discs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brahms Concerto No. 1 - inspired reading 25 Nov 2011
By P. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
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Nicholas Angelich seems to have a deep affinity with Brahms music. Here he tackles the mighty Piano Concerto No.1 and makes the proof that he fulfils all the required qualities for an inspired reading. Not only his proficient keyboard technique plays a role in that, but also a mature sensitivity in musical terms. However, If I would be urged to choose among his Brahms recordings, my preference goes definitely to the other one recently achieved, namely the Second Piano Concerto. As always, Brahms 2 is a huge challenge for any soloist, but the talented French-American pianist successfully overcame its difficulties and exhausting lengths in a five-star recording. The same orchestral partners - Paavo Jarvi and orchestra de Paris - supply the symphonic framework with a good gauged sound, sumptuous and veiling. Unfortunately, the Hungarian Dances can be found in better recorded versions. The duo Angelich - Braley seems to focus only on their technical side and less on the atmosphere these wonderful works aim at. Five stars for Concerto plus three stars and a half for Hungarian Dances plus my curiosity for Angelich's musical development in the coming years finally makes... five stars.
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