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Johannes Brahms: Concertos

Brahms made the first sketches for the dramatic opening of the first piano concerto just after the 1854 suicide attempt of his dear friend Robert Schumann, but was not able to complete the work until four years later. The ambition from the outset was to write a symphony, but Brahms felt himself too inexperienced and “haunted by the footsteps of a giant” (Beethoven).
At the premiere the audience hissed at the concerto, while critics labeled it "perfectly unorthodox, banal and horrid". The work’s symphonic origins reveal themselves in the fact that piano and orchestra are completely equal partners. Brahms draws on chamber music techniques and the Baroque Concerto Grosso form, an approach that he was to realize even more perfectly in the second concerto, a mature work finished more than twenty years later.

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Piano Concerto 1 Op. 15D Minor 1859 Concerto 8+

Posts in the piano forum about Concertos by Brahms:

xx Brahms' Piano Concertos
October 29, 2006, 10:34:41 PM by tompilk

I recently came across Hamelin's new recording of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 and was amazed by the performance. I really love it! However, I had previously (months ago) listened to Hough's performances of both concertos and discarded it after 2-3 hrs, and I've thought for months that I found these pieces boring! I found it boring even when i kept listening!
How do I love one recording yet get bored by another so badly i see it as a waste of time to listen to?
Also, I have had the general feel that people prefer the first concerto, is this true? What is the general opinion on these pieces, from the public? (i.e. Rachmaninov 2 is more popular than 1 &4 etc.). I find the first concerto boring, however maybe i'll enjoy it lots if i find a good performance!
I am somewhat confused by this!

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