Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
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||Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15: I. Maestoso - Poco Più Moderato||Sir Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic & Krystian Zimerman||23:27||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15: II. Adagio||Krystian Zimerman, Sir Simon Rattle & Berlin Philharmonic||15:45||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15: III. Rondo (Allegro Non Troppo)||Sir Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic & Krystian Zimerman||12:09||Album Only||View In iTunes|
Brahms Piano Concerto #1
Wow!! Not since the Fleisher/Szell recording have I heard such a compelling recorded performance of the Brahms D Minor Concerto. And available as a relatively inexpensive download, too. I personally think downloading is the way of the future for Classical Music recordings. Thank you, iTunes. Now start digging into the archives of the major and minor record companies, even the monaural and 78 RPM material. There is some wonderful music in those vaults that I'd love to have available once again.
I agree with Howard-in-Philly. This performance captures the grand scale of the formal architecture of the Concerto and, at the same time, is full of breathless moments of excitement and rhythmic energy. The combination of Zimerman and Rattle with the Berlin is dynamic. I recommend you give it a listen.
Extraordinarily good performance, extraordinarily good recording quality
This album is wonderful! It captures that quintessential, energetic, yet thick and opulent sound, which I am predisposed to liken to chocolate, that is so necessary for Brahms. The orchestra is perfect, and the pianist is beyond perfect. It is as though the spirit of Brahms possessed this man's performance, and streamed out of his fingers onto the piano. Buy this album, it will astound you.