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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2


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  • Performer: Van Cliburn
  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner, Walter Hendl
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms, Edward MacDowell
  • Audio CD (March 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G27
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto No.2 In B-flat, Op.83: Allegro Non Troppo
2. Concerto No.2 In B-flat, Op.83: Allegro Appassionato
3. Concerto No.2 In B-flat, Op.83: Andante
4. Concerto No.2 In B-flat, Op.83: Allegretto Grazioso
5. Con No.2 In D Minor, Op.23: Larghetto Calmato
6. Con No.2 In D Minor, Op.23: Presto Giocoso
7. Con No.2 In D Minor, Op.23: Molto allegro

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This is for sure one of the best samples in this series.
Colloredo von Salzburg
Even the earlier recording with Emil Gilels with Reiner can't hold a candle to this recording of Cliburn.
Miles Hoffmann
Balance between piano and orchestra is very good, and there is plenty of rich and satisfying bass.
Ray

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Miles Hoffmann on December 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It all begins with the tall piano player from Texas winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in May of 1958. America had a winner in the classical music world. His fame spread all across the world and audiences alike loved to hear his piano playing. "We need to record this Texan so we can remember his style of playing," the recording studios said. Sol Hurok, manager of Van Cliburn managed to get Cliburn a contract with RCA, for RCA was hinting around to get some soloists to record with the orchestra, for the orchestra,at that time, was doing mainly symphonic pieces. When Cliburn and Reiner first met,they were a very contrasting duo, physically - the squat,latonic Hungarian with the gangling tall Texan towering over the conductor. Reiner assumed a grandfatherly attitude towards Cliburn, who valued the elder musician's guidance. This professional relationship that this pianist and conductor duo recorded five masterful concertos: (these are the original RCA Victor LP catalog listings) the LSC-2455 Schumann-piano concerto in A minor, recorded in 1960; the LSC-2562 Beethoven-5th Piano Concerto "Emperor", recorded spring of 1961; the LSC-2581 Brahms-2nd Piano Concerto, also recorded in the spring of 1961; the LSC-2601 Rachmaninoff-Piano Concerto no. 2, recorded in 1962; and the LSC-2680 Beethoven's-Piano Concerto no.4 April of 1963 (their last recording together - and the last recording with Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony).
On this recording of the Brahms: Cliburn REALLY put his heart and soul in this recording to augment the professional relationship that he had with Reiner, for I think this is the best recording of all of the Brahms 2nd that I've heard. Even the earlier recording with Emil Gilels with Reiner can't hold a candle to this recording of Cliburn.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colloredo von Salzburg on March 30, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is for sure one of the best samples in this series. Perhaps
maestro Reiner even did a better job in his recording with Gilels,
but this collaboration with Cliburn was also wonderful. Beautiful
and skillfully playing from soloist and orchestra make a close to
perfect performance in very good sound. The MacDowell concerto is
also greatly performed by Cliburn and Chicago forces, then under
the Baton of Walter Hendl, making a reference recording for ages.
An absolute recommendation.
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This is a fine CD, both in terms of artistry and sound quality.

I have always liked Richter's recording of the Brahms 2nd with Leinsdorf. But I like this performance better. Richter felt that he played the concerto too fast, and Cliburn takes it a little slower - the first movement anyway; the rest is roughly the same tempo as Richter's. Cliburn had a wonderful touch at the keyboard, and it is quite evident in this recording. Just beautifully done.
Reiner provides excellent support as well, and gets as much as he can out of his orchestra, as usual.

Sound is very good in all respects. There is no tape hiss or other extraneous noise. Clarity is excellent, both for orchestral and piano detail. Balance between piano and orchestra is very good, and there is plenty of rich and satisfying bass.

The Brahms is paired with the MacDowell 2nd piano concerto. It is pleasant enough, and works well as an easy to take filler.

All told, a very good CD.
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