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This review is from: Brahms: The Piano Concertos; Fantasias Op.116 (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
Before listening to this rendition, I was accostumed to the old but unforgettable versions of Backhaus with Bohm (#1) and Schuricht (#2).
These discs have opened to me a new perspective of these masterpieces.
Both concertos with Backhaus were quicker and lighter, but more intimate, yearning; music was more whispered, even in the most turbulent passages. Jochum is far different from both Both and Schuricht: a more powerful and majestic pace, larger and deeper (also assisted by the stereo sound), upon which Gilels can weave a more dinamic style, stronger, maybe more imaginative; otherwise Backhaus has a dreaming mark that suffuses sweetness and regret in the whole music.
Which feeling is better? I do not know; now that I have listened to both, I am happy to have discovered a new face of a couple of masterpieces, because, most of all, the winner is Brahms and his everlasting music. I will try another interpretation (Freire? Barenboim?) just to taste another face of these concertos, but I am sure that Gilels' will stay on the podium even after having listened to other versions.