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Work: Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat major, Op.83

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ComposerBrahms, Johannes (1833-1897)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Fabio Luisi; Rudolf Buchbinder
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Sunlit Brahms and fizzy Haydn on the south coast

Mark Wigglesworth, Stephen Hough and the BSO © Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
A sunlit performance of Brahms from Stephen Hough, with playful energy in Haydn from Mark Wigglesworth and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
****1
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Uplifting Romantic giants from Ax, Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO © Kevin Leighton
Ax, Rattle and the LSO make two weighty masterpieces feel airy, uncluttered and suitably uplifting.
****1
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François-Xavier Roth makes an impressive Tanglewood debut

François-Xavier Roth, Kirill Gerstein and the Boston Symphony Orchestra © Hilary Scott
Kirill Gerstein’s interpretation of Brahms' Second Piano Concerto appeared as a true homage to the great Romanian pianist Radu Lupu.
****1
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Chains of influence: Brahms and Handel from RNS

Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
An excellent choice of programming, with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Lars Vogt performing Handel and Brahms, but disappointing in its execution. 
***11
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Capricious Brahms and vivacious Sibelius in Belfast

Simon Trpčeski © Benjamin Ealovega
Simon Trpčeski gives a commendable performance of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, whilst Gabriel Bebeşelea conducts the Ulster Orchestra in a thought-provoking Sibelius Second Symphony.
***11
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