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Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 Import

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  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  • Composer: Brahms
  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00000E6EX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Like EMI, RCA/Sony is issuing very good sets at bargain prices -- the Tokyo Quartet Beethoven set, the Maazel Pittsburgh Sibelius set, the Abbado Tchaikovsky set, etc. I want to put in a plug for a Barry Douglas set. If this Brahms First Piano Concerto (recorded when he was 28) is anything to go by, he's a superb pianist, and for this recording (in St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, in London in 1988), he is given excellent digital sound and excellent support from Skrowacezski and the London Symphony. A year or so later, Kovacevich, Sawallisch, and the LPO recorded this concerto, and the sound of that was most disappointing. This is a beauty. In the first movement, Douglas and the orchestra cooperate marvelously in the vigorous and tense opening pages, and the way in which they transition from there to the more lyrical portions is magical. Lovely too are the passages where Douglas provides an obbligato undercurrent to the orchestral development. The eruptions of music from the opening are given full weight, and then brought down to earth, so to speak. Never in the highest, loudest moments of the piano part does Douglas sound rattly or edgy. The tone is gorgeous throughout, and the recording does it justice. The whole thing sounds airy and youthful, in a way that excellent versions by Curzon and Gilels don't quite manage. In the slow movement, there isn't quite the raptness of Curzon and Szell in their great collaboration, but the playing is still lovely. The finale perhaps is the best on record -- lots of energy, orchestra and soloist in full accord, and not an ugly moment, even when things get exciting. Douglas won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986, made quite a lot of recordings soon after for RCA, then seemed to drop off the major label radar. Now he's back recording Brahms solo piano music for Chandos, and it was reading about that that prompted me to buy this recording. I picked this up used for about $3.00 -- if you get a similar chance, take it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great recording. Time for a Barry Douglas box set?? 10 May 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like EMI, RCA/Sony is issuing very good sets at bargain prices -- the Tokyo Quartet Beethoven set, the Maazel Pittsburgh Sibelius set, the Abbado Tchaikovsky set, etc. I want to put in a plug for a Barry Douglas set. If this Brahms First Piano Concerto (recorded when he was 28) is anything to go by, he's a superb pianist, and for this recording (in St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, in London in 1988), he is given excellent digital sound and excellent support from Skrowacezski and the London Symphony. A year or so later, Kovacevich, Sawallisch, and the LPO recorded this concerto, and the sound of that was most disappointing. This is a beauty. In the first movement, Douglas and the orchestra cooperate marvelously in the vigorous and tense opening pages, and the way in which they transition from there to the more lyrical portions is magical. Lovely too are the passages where Douglas provides an obbligato undercurrent to the orchestral development. The eruptions of music from the opening are given full weight, and then brought down to earth, so to speak. Never in the highest, loudest moments of the piano part does Douglas sound rattly or edgy. The tone is gorgeous throughout, and the recording does it justice. The whole thing sounds airy and youthful, in a way that excellent versions by Curzon and Gilels don't quite manage. In the slow movement, there isn't quite the raptness of Curzon and Szell in their great collaboration, but the playing is still lovely. The finale perhaps is the best on record -- lots of energy, orchestra and soloist in full accord, and not an ugly moment, even when things get exciting. Douglas won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986, made quite a lot of recordings soon after for RCA, then seemed to drop off the major label radar. Now he's back recording Brahms solo piano music for Chandos, and it was reading about that that prompted me to buy this recording. I picked this up used for about $3.00 -- if you get a similar chance, take it!!
5.0 out of 5 stars I played this and was taken back to all those years ago and remembered every note like it was yesterday 30 Jan. 2016
By suthrngurl12 - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this to replace the original I had years ago and played really often. I played this and was taken back to all those years ago and remembered every note like it was yesterday. The CD is in perfect condition and I really appreciate the price. This CD holds a lot of meaning for me and I appreciate the great condition and good service.
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