I love the two piano concerto by Johannes Brahms, and now there is a new recording out in which these two great works are performed by Rudolf Buchbinder, with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Vienna’s local paper, the Wiener Kurier, was delighted with this music, and published the following, as seen below:
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Performed by Rudolf Buchbinder (piano), with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta conducting.
“It is not every day that Brahms sounds so perfect as this,” wrote the Kurier newspaper, describing Buchbinder’s performance with the Vienna Philharmonic. The “phenomenal piano virtuoso” (Kurier) plays the First and Second Piano Concertos of Johannes Brahms in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein with Maestro Zubin Mehta, who has long been intensively associated both with the orchestra and with soloist Rudolf Buchbinder.
Brahms’ piano concertos constantly demand from the pianist a wide range of interpretational refinement alongside a very high level of concentration and considerable technical skill. A challenge which Rudolf Buchbinder easily achieves: “Buchbinder’s tour de force earned him cheers” (Die Presse).
Many years ago I got to experience a concert at the large Golden Hall where the Vienna Philharmonic performs Here is a one minute opportunity for you to see this spectacular place: