One of the finest accounts I heard was from the Leeds Piano Competition when a young American, Lydia Artimaw, gave a blustering performance. She should have won on the basis of that but the judges, with usual conservatism, gave it to Michel Dalberto. But the young tigress playing Brahms lives in the memory.Re Brahms PC1, do audition the Douglas/LSO/Skrowaczewski (RCA, rec.1988), if you haven't. A blistering, take-no-prisoners account, which ideally suits this work, IMO. :tiphat:
Greatest since Beethoven? Impossible to say...Just listening to CD review and Brahms 1st Piano Concerto. This is my favourite post Beethoven 19th century piano concerto (Brahms 2nd is too middle aged). I've heard that even Britten (a notorious dis-liker of Brahms) liked it.
This is about the 2nd Brahms concerto but somehow I thought people here might be amusedIt is great music. Is it better than the PCs of Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Bartok, or Prokofiev, or Tchaikovsky? In the wrong hands, Brahms 1 can sound pretty turgid, and the tendency over the past 20 years or so is to slow it down, which I don't like.
Agree. I have that one and Curzon's other recording conducted by van Beinum, which is very different and very fine too, the rather thin orchestral recording notwithstanding.Curzon/Szell and Serkin/Szell are both very fine, but there is an unusual sense of life and detail generated by Serkin/Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra.
Yes. Arrau/Giulini is the cerebral choice. Really meant for discriminating listeners.Apart from agreeing with recordings (even though I prefer Arrau/Giulini), congratulations for your new avatar. Isn't she beautiful?