Johannes Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1 - Krystian Zimerman - Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein (1984)
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC (image) | 1 CD | RAR size: 229 MB | scans @ 600dpi | TT 54:09 | RS/FP
Genre: Classical (Romantic) | Released: 1984 | Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog #: 413 472-1 GH
This Zimerman recording of the Brahms Piano Concerto no. 1 may have received some critical lambasting when it was originally released. However, despite this, I find that this recording is unjustly underrated because in its own special way it plumbs the depths of Brahms' heart and soul. Zimerman, although he recorded this in his late-twenties, interprets the solo part with insight, and does not go over-the-top with pianistic pyrotechnics, as most other pianists tend to do. Bernstein leads the Viennese musicians in a sympathetic accompaniment that serves as a perfect foil to Zimerman's parts and allows him to integrate into the orchestral texture. And the DG recording, although not entirely clear, is characterised by the atmosphere and bloom of the Vienna Musikverein, despite the extreme forward balance of the piano.