- The Piano Concertos
On this stunning recording of the two piano concertos of Johannes Brahms, Stephen Hough is joined by the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and conductor Mark Wigglesworth. In my view, these works are among the greatest in the piano repertoire.
Separated by twenty-two years and widely differing in their reception, these concertos are monumental in scale, impassioned and truly romantic, forward-looking in compositional style, and requiring both great virtuosity and intimacy from the pianist.
- Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
- Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Performed by Stephen Hough (piano), with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.
These works had a significant influence on Brahms’ reputation as both a composer of symphonies and as a composer of piano works.
The first concerto was criticized by the Viennese public, because of its drama and its unusual orchestration. The second, however, was a huge immediate success.
Stephen Hough has performed this music for many years to huge public acclaim, and this new CD is surely one of his most desirable recordings.
The movements are:
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
- 1. Maestoso
- 2. Adagio
- 3. Rondo: Allegro Non Troppo
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
- 1. Allegro Non Troppo
- 2. Allegro Appassionato
- 3. Andante
- 4. Allegretto Grazioso
Here is Mr. Hough in Brahms’ First Piano Concerto:
And next, here is Daniel Barenboim, performing the Brahms Piano concerto n°2, second movement:
Tags: Brahms, piano concerto, Stephen Hough