Posts tagged as "johannes-brahms"

Paganini Variations. Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6

March 21, 2017

Founded in 1937, the annual Queen Elisabeth Competition for violin and piano is still the best-known such event organised in Belgium and is considered among the best and most demanding in the world. Following in the footsteps of his fellow countryman, Emil Gilels who won first prize for piano in 1938, Mikhail Faerman stunned both […]

The Cambridge Buskers Collection

January 20, 2017

Is nothing sacred? The Cambridge Buskers bring their madcap humour to the greats of classical music – everything from the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and the ‘1812 Overture’ to Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ and the ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’! And not forgetting Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies in under four minutes… This 4CD set brings together the pair’s most famous albums, released […]

Brahms: Violin Concerto; Double Concerto

September 30, 2016

Although noted for his fearless and thrilling performances of music by Paganini for Deutsche Grammophon, Salvatore Accardo also recorded extensitvely for Philips in the 1970s and 80s. His repertoire ranged from Baroque music through to 19th and 20th century concertos, including the complete music for violin and orchestra by Bruch and concertos by Mendelssohn and Sibelius. Here, […]

Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms: Violin Sonatas

September 30, 2016

Georg Solti’s first recordings were as a pianist – those with the great German violinist, Georg Kulenkampff, here collected in their entirety. The two artists recorded Brahms’s G major sonata in February 1947 and Beethoven’s ’Kreutzer’ Sonata in June 1947. They completed the Brahms sonatas in July 1948. Sadly, this would be their only collaboration. Kulenkampff died […]

The Art of Hans Hotter

May 26, 2016

Hans Hotter (1909–2003) was 64 when he recorded two recital LPs for Decca, here coupled as a 2CD set. One of the rare singers to achieve equal eminence in Wagner and in Lieder, the singer’s voluminous bass-baritone, at once majestic and profoundly human, was in its autumn. Yet, the sense of detail, of characterisation, he […]

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Variations

May 26, 2016

Pianist John Lill, born in London in 1944, has long been associated with the music of Beethoven and Brahms. He catapulted to international fame, however, when he was the co-winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. The Concerto No. 2 presented here is a live recording from that competition, dating from 25th June. The […]

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Pieces

May 25, 2016

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 […]

Favourite Overtures

May 25, 2016

The renowned Cleveland sound coupled with the stylish, high-powered baton technique of Lorin Maazel, here bring you a wonderful selection of overtures, some of them making their first appearance on CD.

Für Elise – Piano Favourites

May 25, 2016

From Decca’s rich catalogue of piano music comes a generous selection of miniatures for piano, many of them quiet, all of them popular and much sought-after, in the finest of performances, of course.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Variations

May 25, 2016

Big, beefy Brahms here from Julius Katchen who brings muscle to the high-powered sections of the Brahms second concerto. His ‘Paganini Variations’ are by turn, tender, sly and transcendental.

Brahms: Double Concerto; Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings

May 25, 2016

The first-ever pairing of these two marvellous ‘Double’ Concertos on CD. The Brahms is a classic performance, gutsy as well as autumnal and the work comes from towards the end of the composer’s rich harvest. The Mendelssohn, by far the lesser-known of the two pieces, conversely comes from the beginning of his life – in […]