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Brahms: The Piano Concertos; Fantasia [Import, Original recording remastered]

Johannes Brahms , Eugen Jochum , Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra , Emil Gilels Audio CD
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listen  1. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderatoEugen Jochum24:14Album Only
listen  2. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 2. AdagioEugen Jochum14:48Album Only
listen  3. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)Eugen Jochum12:38Album Only


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listen  1. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 1. Allegro non troppoEugen Jochum18:21Album Only
listen  2. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 2. Allegro appassionatoEugen Jochum 9:31Album Only
listen  3. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 3. Andante - Piů adagioEugen Jochum14:03Album Only
listen  4. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco piů prestoEugen Jochum 9:46Album Only
listen  5. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 1. Capriccio In D MinorEmil Gilels 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 2. Intermezzo In A MinorEmil Gilels 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 3. Capriccio In G MinorEmil Gilels 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 4. Intermezzo In E MajorEmil Gilels 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 5. Intermezzo In E MinorEmil Gilels 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 6. Intermezzo In E MajorEmil Gilels 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - 7. Capriccio In D MinorEmil Gilels 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Emil Gilels
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GQY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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These performances mount the only serious competition as a complete set to the Leon Fleisher/George Szell versions on Sony Classical. Emil Gilels was an extraordinary virtuoso who decided to place his technical wizardry in the service of the most disciplined and demanding classical masterpieces. No piano concertos live up to this description more than the two by Brahms. Himself a pianist, Brahms placed every purely musical stumbling block that he could in front of the soloist--only audiences never notice because there's no gratuitous display at all. A performer who has not mastered these pieces doesn't necessarily miss notes; he or she just bores everyone to tears. Well, Gilels is never dull, and neither is Eugen Jochum, whose spontaneous-sounding yet sensitive accompaniments support his soloist every step of the way. --David Hurwitz

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic - and my favorite reading hands down November 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
These readings are legendary. I searched and searched for a good set, first trying Zimerman/Bernstein (horrid recording quality, saggy accompaniment) then trying some older recordings (Katchen/Ferencik, Kovacevich/Davis, Rubinstein/Ormandy), then even a different version by the same performer (Gilels/Reiner/CSO) and finally going to an old favorite of mine on the keyboard (Pollini/Abbado). In all cases, I was not really a fan of a) either the ensembles' un-Brahmsian (in my opinion) accompaniment or b) the soloists' interpretations or execution. However, these recordings, when I first bought them in the old DG Galleria release, were a revelation. Gilels' playing can best be described as monumental, and Jochum's direction is Brahmsian to the core. Jochum, who always excelled in music of this level of grandeur (listen to his Bruckner!), constructs a firm yet supple orchestral line which perfectly complements Gilels, who is by turns elemental and serene. These are magical performances, and the result is a rarity in that both concertos are amongst the greatest ever readings of the works (especially for #2; only Fleisher/Szell, Backhaus/Bohm and Anda/Fricsay come close - #1 has serious competition from Fleisher/Szell and Curzon/Szell). For the sake of comparison, in #2, the Fleisher and Backhaus sound rushed next to this performance, particularly the Fleisher; and while the Anda reading is much closer in terms of overall approach - ultra-legato - Anda stumbles occassionally during some of the most fiendish passages where Gilels does not. In Concerto #1, I'm a bit divided, as both the expansive performance on this disc and Szell's quick, incisive and direct accompaniment work equally well.
I suppose I should also mention that the Fantasias, op.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAVORITE PIANO CONCERTI January 3, 2006
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Brahms's monumental piano concertos are my very favorite piano concertos. Therefore, I own many recordings of same. Nevertheless, this recording with Gilels and Jochum is my absolute favorite! It is a recording that I've listened to, at least, once a week for many years. Gilels and Jochum truly play these "monsters of the form" wonderfully capturing Brahms's fierceness as well as his tenderness beautifully.

Truth be known, I slightly prefer the 1st concerto-I know that is a musical sacrilege. My god, Gilels plays the hell out of that work delivering those (what I call) "trills of death" in the first movement in such a manner that it still sends chills up and down my spine no matter how many time I have listened to the work.

DGG has done a superb job in it transfer to this "new" CD form. I owned the original vinyl recordings; however, I feel these CDs give the recording more depth with the sound being far richer.

If you want to hear a legendary and sublime recording of the Brahms's Piano Concertos,buy these discs.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly great recording October 5, 2006
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To my mind neither Eugen Jochum nor Emil Gilels received the acclaim appropriate to their genius while they were living. Even now it appears they are appreciated mainly by a small clique of true classical music lovers.

These two performances of Brahms' Piano Concertos are flawless. They were both recorded in 1972 when Jochum was age 69, and Gilels was 55. Two masters in their mature prime. Add to this The Berlin Philharmonic and recording by Deutsche Grammophon. This is perfect Brahms. The treatment of both concertos is equally superb, achieving a synthesis of piano and orchestra in performances of unfolding eloquence and power.

In 1987 at age 85 (a year before he died) Eugen Jochum was asked in an interview about his memory of great recordings. He singled out the 1972 Brahms with Gilels as perhaps the finest recording of his career.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental March 4, 2005
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I had heard this was an excellent recording--and since Gilels is one of my favorite pianists, I bought this despite already owning two other versions of Brahm's two piano concertos. When I first listened to the opening movement of the first concerto, I was surprised. I hated it! I wanted my money back. It seemed way too slow, too ponderous and at times too sleepy and quiet. Then it occurred to me that I had had the exact same reaction that greeted this work at its premiere performance. As I recall, even the conductor didn't care for it, and the work was even hissed. Brahms got over it. So did I. When I listened the second time I couldn't imagine why I didn't like it. The more I listened, the more it agreed with me. This is indeed one of the best recordings of these works. The sound is excellent and has great range. It's full of sparkling clarity--never muddy. From the angry and intense growl of the opening drums, through the hush of profound poetry that came in gentle waves of love and truth, the range and personality of the instruments is superb.

Gilels playing is very moving. There is thoughtful subtlety and contrast here. The 2nd is full of the dramatic muscularity and passion that people have come to expect from this work. Excellent stuff. The Fantasien, capriccios and intermezzos make this 2 CD set a bargain. Buy it.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding on all counts March 14, 2004
By R. Lane
Format:Audio CD
These recordings, and the remastering in the current edition, come as close to perfection as one could possibly want. Gilels and Jochum are never excessive with music that can easily be over-interpreted. The readings are truly Brahmsian, never close to the Rachmaninov-like indulgences many take with this music, especially #2. I recall the Pollini recording of #2 with Abbado as a good example of how NOT to play Brahms. While you know you are listening to music from the Romantic era with Gilels and Jochum, you also know that you are not that far removed from the Classical era either. I have no desire for any other recordings of these works now that I have these.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Majestic #2, less convincing #1
The second concerto is on the leisurely side, especially in the first movement. The second
movement contains sufficient impetus but would benefit from even a bit more... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kirk List
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my choice
I wanted a recording of these Piano concertos to replace my LP of Serkin with the Chicago symphony, George Szell conducting and I ended up with this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars An historic set of superb performances that have withstood the ravages...
These historically significant concerto recordings were made in 1972 and the Opus 116 pieces followed in 1975. Read more
Published 12 months ago by I. Giles
2.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed
The first Brahms piano concerto is one of my favourite pieces, and having been without a recording of it for several years, I selected this one, based on all the rave reviews I... Read more
Published 19 months ago by njdj
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Brahms Piano concertos
Emil Gilels is a fantastic piano player and he does well with this album of all of Brahms, piano Concertos on one disc.
Published 19 months ago by GloriaGKarp
5.0 out of 5 stars Remains the best reading for me
Brahms's music always resonates. It's likely because that, beneath that rigid structure of his music, one can always sense the emotional turbulence the man was going through. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Hao Chen Wu
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT RECORDING
what more can I say, this was a gift but I am familiar with the recording ... ... ... !
Published 22 months ago by MaryAnne
5.0 out of 5 stars treasures
all i can about these recordings is this: i had to part with them some time ago while moving a great distance. it has been a pain in my heart ever since. Read more
Published on November 19, 2011 by trastevere
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, powerful, passionate, and heroic.
In my opinion, Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of the most powerful piano concertos ever written, and the Gilel/ Jochum performance really illustrated the immense tragedy, the... Read more
Published on October 28, 2011 by Keith Yong
5.0 out of 5 stars Ponderous? I'd call it songful
Reviewers have accused Gilels and Jochum of being ponderous on this disc. That's understandable, to a degree, given the strong emphasis the performers give to the richness and... Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by Andrew R. Barnard
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