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Experience power, passion and tenderness
on 12 December 2014
There are three great works here- the op 116 Fantasies and Piano Concertos op 15 and op 83. When Gilels played the Fantasies in 1975 in Turku in Finland, he was roughly the same age as that at which Brahms had composed them. He had a lifetime of experience of playing piano at the highest level. He intently produces the musings that Brahms had made using these delicate materials. The piano is not used to dominate, instead the tenderness, delicacy and intimacy of these reflections is brought to the fore. The rhythms and cross rhythms are beautifully reproduced and the structure is notably clear. I just love these three capriccios and 4 intermezzos.
Then, there are these truly great performances of the first and second piano concertos. There is pure power and deep seriousness in the first concerto with immense punch in the trills. The instrumental solos in the second concerto are well-defined and help to create the warmth of Brahms music. When Eugen Jochum was asked about his finest recordings he specially mentioned these Brahms Concertos with Gilels as piano soloist. Buy them.