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Topic: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording  (Read 2358 times)

Offline zhiliang

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Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
on: January 20, 2004, 03:53:42 AM
Hi everyone,

Care to list down your favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording? I am currently starting to colelct this piece and presently the only ones i have heard is the late recording by Rubinstein/Ormandy and Zimmerman/Bernstein. I have heard that the Richter one and Gilels ones are classics. Any suggestions or recommendations?

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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #1 on: January 20, 2004, 11:27:58 AM
As you said, Richter with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf is classic.
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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #2 on: January 26, 2004, 12:40:49 PM
Elisabeth Leonskaja with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra directed by Kirt Masur (TELDEC)

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Claudio Arrau with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra directed by  Bernard Haitink (PHILIPS)


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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #3 on: January 26, 2004, 06:48:42 PM
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Hi everyone,

Care to list down your favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording? I am currently starting to colelct this piece and presently the only ones i have heard is the late recording by Rubinstein/Ormandy and Zimmerman/Bernstein. I have heard that the Richter one and Gilels ones are classics. Any suggestions or recommendations?

Zhiliang


 The Gilels/Reiner recording is arguably the greatest PIANO recording ever made.
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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #4 on: January 27, 2004, 09:11:43 AM
How about the Pollini/Abbado recording on DG? Anyone heard that?
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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #5 on: January 27, 2004, 04:36:37 PM
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How about the Pollini/Abbado recording on DG? Anyone heard that?


 Boring would be an understatement.  Stick with either the Gilels/Reiner, Richter/Reiner, or the Horowitz/Toscanini.  
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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #6 on: January 27, 2004, 06:33:44 PM
Gilels/Reiner!!!!!!!!!!!! even better than his later one with Jochum. steer clear of Horowitz, Kissin, and Elly Ney

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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #7 on: January 27, 2004, 08:18:12 PM
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 Boring would be an understatement.  Stick with either the Gilels/Reiner, Richter/Reiner, or the Horowitz/Toscanini.  


What's the matter with Pollini in the Brahms concertos ? His Brahms 1 is one of the worst things I've heard. I'm going to see him in June play it, hopefully it'll be better !
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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #8 on: January 27, 2004, 09:50:21 PM
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What's the matter with Pollini in the Brahms concertos ? His Brahms 1 is one of the worst things I've heard. I'm going to see him in June play it, hopefully it'll be better !



 I don't know...I remember vivdly falling asleep when he played the 1st concerto in Philly many years ago.  
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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #9 on: January 28, 2004, 04:45:56 AM
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What's the matter with Pollini in the Brahms concertos ? His Brahms 1 is one of the worst things I've heard. I'm going to see him in June play it, hopefully it'll be better !


Luckily, i almost bought it that day at Borders due to the great reviews it got on Grammophon CD guide. And i could not get to hear out the disc first. What about the Brendel and Abbado one?

In what ways are the Gilels/Reiner better than Gilels/Jochum one? More exciting?

Anyone have any comments ont the Rubinstein recording? Heard that he is also quite a good Brahms player and of course Brahms is one of his favourite composers still young.

Zhiliang
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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #10 on: January 28, 2004, 04:06:46 PM
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Luckily, i almost bought it that day at Borders due to the great reviews it got on Grammophon CD guide. And i could not get to hear out the disc first. What about the Brendel and Abbado one?

In what ways are the Gilels/Reiner better than Gilels/Jochum one? More exciting?

Anyone have any comments ont the Rubinstein recording? Heard that he is also quite a good Brahms player and of course Brahms is one of his favourite composers still young.

Zhiliang


 The Gilels/Reiner is much more exciting.  Jochum holds Gilels back, the 1st concerto suffers from this as well, pity he didn't record the D minor with Reiner as well.
 Yes, the Rubinstein recording is wonderful, as well, but as with much of Rubinstein, I'd imagine a live performance being even better.
 I also neglected to mention Fleisher's recording with Szell.
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Re: Favourite Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto Recording
Reply #11 on: April 03, 2004, 09:09:31 PM
Hi ziliang,
Apart from Artur Rubinstein you have mentioned, look for Julius Katchen. Any discussion of good Brahms interpreters without mentioning these two pianists would be incomplete.
Peter (Hong Kong)
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