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Brahms
Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83
Scherzo in E flat minor, Op.4
Ballades, Op.10
Klavierstücke, Op.76
Stephen Kovacevich (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis

Recorded 1979 (concertos) and 1983
CD No: NEWTON CLASSICS 8802010 (2 CDs)
Duration: 2 hours 28 minutes
Reviewed: July 2010
These Philips originals come up very well to re-present Stephen Kovacevich’s searching and muscular performances of the concertos – intensely and dedicatedly conducted by Colin Davis. The slow movement of the D minor Concerto is particularly profound; and the B flat work is spacious, heroic and tender. The works for solo piano are played with astuteness, poetry and fire. Highly recommended.

 

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