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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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WiesbadenDaniel Barenboim, Klavier | West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Lahav Shani, Leitung

© Silvia Lelli
Brahms, Ligeti, Ravel
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim; Lahav Shani

AmsterdamBeethoven's Symphony No. 4, Francesco Piemontesi plays Brahms

Beethoven's Symphony No. 4, Francesco Piemontesi plays Brahms
Brahms, Beethoven
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Jonathan Nott; Francesco Piemontesi

AmsterdamYuja Wang & Valery Gergiev: Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2

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Brahms
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Yuja Wang

VerbierFreire, Pappano – Brahms, Rachmaninov

Brahms, Rachmaninov
Verbier Festival Orchestra; Sir Antonio Pappano; Nelson Freire

SalzburgWest-Eastern Divan Orchestra 2 · Shani

Brahms, Ligeti, Ravel
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; Lahav Shani; Daniel Barenboim
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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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From the sublime to the celestial: Piemontesi, Manze and the RLPO

Francesco Piemontesi © Marco Borggreve
Francesco Piemontesi performed Brahms’ monumental second concerto with captivating results, followed by Andrew Manze’s carefully considered interpretation of Mozart’s Jupiter symphony in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.
****1
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