Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1

Wilhelm Backhaus, Vienna Philharmonic, Karl Bohm - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1989) 2CDs

Johannes Brahms: Klavierkonzerte 1 & 2 (1989) 2CDs
Wilhelm Backhaus (piano); Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Karl Böhm

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 367 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 212 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 425 763-2 | Time: 01:31:50

As an eleven-year-old in 1895, Wilhelm Backhaus met and performed for D'Albert, Grieg, Nikisch and Brahms, among others. Here was a pianist who shunned hectoring gestures of the late Romantic era for economy and purposefulness. "His facial expression always remained steady, showing an unceasing concentration on the sounds his hands were coaxing from the instrument with such concentrated energy. Everything lay in the act of playing, just as the preoccupation of a great painter or sculptor would be not with technique as such, but with craftsmanship - that is, skill not as an end in itself, but as a vehicle for the idea - giving pleasure to those who were able to watch and hear how a true master would execute even difficult passages effortlessly," writes Walter Frei. This 2-CD set brings together Backhaus's recordings with Karl Bohm and the Vienna Philharmonic of the two Brahms Piano Concertos.

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Garrick Ohlsson (2013)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at April 13, 2014
Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Garrick Ohlsson (2013)

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Garrick Ohlsson (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 368 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Abc Classics | Catalog Number: 4810409

There's nothing revelatory in this live recording of Brahms' two piano concertos by an American pianist, Japanese conductor, and Australian orchestra. That is, except for the music itself. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, with an octave-and-a-half reach equal to Brahms' own, has the power for the titanic Beethovenian gestures of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, and for its foot-stomper of a finale, which is as good a place as any for the neophyte classical listener to start. Ohlsson is equally adept in catching the spacious and subtle dimensions of the second concerto, which one Viennese critic termed a symphony with piano obbligato.

Brahms Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2  Music

Posted by platico at Aug. 29, 2009
Brahms Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Brahms · Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2 · Vladimir Ashkenazy · Concertgebouw Orchestra · Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra · Bernard Haitink
APE+CUE 384 MB | Booklet | MP3 HQ 165 MB | Scans | EASY CD-DA 12 | No Log | 1983/1984
Yulianna Avdeeva, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2013)

Yulianna Avdeeva, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:33 | 329 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Fryderyk Chopin Institute | Catalog: NIFCCD 029

The pianist on this CD, Yulliana Avdeeva, is the winner of the Chopin piano competition in 2010. Checking the internet, you will find that the decision by the jury was controversial. Her playing was considered not to display the proper Chopin style, and too cool. I wasn't present at the competition, so I cannot write much about this. But having bought this CD, mainly because of use of old instruments, and the direction by the recently deceased icon of old music Frans Brüggen, I must say that I was totally blown away by the playing of Yulianna Avdeeva.
Byron Janis, Chicago & Boston Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, Charles Munch - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (1997)

Byron Janis, Chicago & Boston Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, Charles Munch - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (1997)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:02 | 325 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA | Catalog: 68762

Janis backed by one of the greatest symphonies ever assembled (the 50's/60's Chicago Symphony under the baton of the micromanaging Fritz Reiner) put together in short a legendary and frenzied performance of the Rachmaninov Concerto No. 1. I wish I could stop there, but unfortunately this recording was coupled with a stale performance of the No. 3.
Albert Guinovart - Guinovart: Piano Concertos, Nos. 1 & 2 & Valses Poéticos (2014)

Albert Guinovart - Guinovart: Piano Concertos, Nos. 1 & 2 & Valses Poéticos (2014)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 292 MB
Label: Sony Classical | Tracks: 14 | Time: 73:43 min

Auf seiner neuen CD präsentiert der katalanische Pianist und Komponist Albert Guinovart gemeinsam mit dem State Symphony Academic Orchestra of St. Peterburg unter der Leitung von Vasily Petrenko seine eigenen Konzerte für Klavier und Orchester 1&2 sowie die "Valses Poéticos".
Emanuel Ax, Eugene Ormandy - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1991)

Emanuel Ax, Eugene Ormandy - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1991)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 264 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Victor Silver Seal / BMG Music, VD60789 | 01:14:08

"This recording is remarkable for it's mixture of quiet, subtle virtuosity, musicianship and style. Both concertos are played as if they are works of art as opposed to technical showpieces. Mr. Ax is this generations Rudolph Serkin. Ormandy provides the idiomatic, thankless accompaniment with expert finesse."
Alessandro Ambrosoli - Liszt: 12 Études d'exécution transcendante & Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (2018)

Alessandro Ambrosoli - Liszt: 12 Études d'exécution transcendante & Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (2018)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:39:58 | 231 MB
Label: Dynamic

Franz Liszt's two piano concertos and the 12 Transcendental Studies have long proved a challenge for all great piano virtuosos. Turin-born Alessandro Ambrosoli studied with Lazar Berman and delivers these demanding pieces with brilliant virtuosity, proving himself the equal of many renowned soloists from the past. He performs on this recording with the St. Petersburg Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo, another up-and-coming artist.
Jorge Bolet - Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Tre Sonetti del Petrarca & Tannhäuser Overture (2018)

Jorge Bolet, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lawrence Foster, Edo de Waart - Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Tre Sonetti del Petrarca & Tannhäuser Overture (Jorge Bolet: The RIAS recordings, Vol. II) (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 318 MB
Label: audite Musikproduktion | Tracks: 14 | Time: 79:17 min

Jorge Bolet - the last gentleman of the piano: Cuban-American pianist Jorge Bolet (1914-1990), misleadingly labeled the "last Romantic" among 20th century pianists and marketed under this title when he achieved world fame at the end of his career, was first and foremost a gentleman of the piano. Few pianists interpreted the great piano music of the 19th and early 20thcenturies with such unerring stylistic assurance and technical mastery that was at the same time completely free of vanity and striving for effect.
Krystian Zimerman, Carlo Maria Giulini - Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1986) (2002 Remaster) [24-96]

Krystian Zimerman, Carlo Maria Giulini - Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1986) (2002 Remaster)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Artwork: front cover | RAR | 1.23 Gb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon - 415970

It was an eminently sensible decision to couple Zimerman's previously separate Chopin concertos on a single CD. The Ax/Ormandy/RCA disc is the only rival as a coupling, so let me say at once that in different moods I would be equally happy with either.