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Wilhelm Backhaus - Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Piano Pieces
Wilhelm Backhaus - Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Piano Pieces (Decca 480 0800)
SKU: 12608
Price:
AU $13.59

  
Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 0800 Medium: CD No. Discs: 2
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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 - the first recorded in 1953, the second in 1967 shortly after the pianist's 83rd birthday! They are coupled with a generous selection of the composer's piano pieces, performed with the same nobility and breadth.

A Decca Eloquence CD.

Artists: Wilhelm Backhaus (piano).
Composers: Brahms.
Conductors: Karl Bohm.
Orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker.
Tracks:
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)

CD 1

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
1
2
3
I
II
III  
Maestoso - Poco piu moderato
Adagio
Rondo (Allegro non troppo)

4

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

5   

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

6

Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79 No. 1

7

Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116 No. 6

8

Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119 No. 2

9

Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3

CD 2

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
1
2
3
 
4
I
II
III
 
IV
Allegro non troppo
Allegro appassionato
Andante
Emmanuel Brabec, solo cello
Allegretto grazioso

Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118
5
6
7
8
9
10
I
II
III
IV
V
VI
Intermezzo in A minor
Intermezzo in A major
Ballade in G minor
Intermezzo in F minor
Romanze in F major
Intermezzo in E flat minor

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Bohm

CD 1 [1]-[3] MONO RECORDING
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 2
SKU #: 12608
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 0800
Price: AU $13.59   
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