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Classics Explained: Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2

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Catalogue number8558030-31
Release date2001-07-11
Discs2

 
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  An Introduction to … BRAHMS 104:44
01 Introduction; opening horn call and piano's answer 01:50 $ 0.33 USD
02 Rising three-note scalewise pattern 00:25 $ 0.08 USD
03 Quicker, descending six-note 'answer' 00:18 $ 0.05 USD
04 Second, answering phrase 00:32 $ 0.10 USD
05 First Main Theme completed by orchestra 00:50 $ 0.15 USD
06 Peace shattered as piano bursts back in like a tiger 01:24 $ 0.25 USD
07 Variant of opening horn call in bass 00:19 $ 0.06 USD
08 Orchestra returns; beginning of Exposition proper 02:25 $ 0.44 USD
09 Big, 'singing' theme in orchestra; piano 'forgotten' 00:41 $ 0.12 USD
10 Call to arms by strings; marshalling of orchestral forces 01:03 $ 0.19 USD
11 Piano re-enters fry with massive expansion of opening figure 00:48 $ 0.14 USD
12 Piano 'explores' two main facets of opening theme 00:45 $ 0.14 USD
13 Transition. sense of key weakened. Piano and orchestra come
together
01:07 $ 0.20 USD
14 Piano and orchestra 'argue' over speed of thematic
three-note rise
00:41 $ 0.12 USD
15 Piano and orchestra in friendly dialogue before piano falls
away
01:28 $ 0.26 USD
16 'Winged' harmonic shadow of pure pianistic tone-colour 00:45 $ 0.14 USD
17 New 'transitional' theme from orchestra developed by piano 01:51 $ 0.33 USD
18 After indecision and discussion, the mood suddenly turns
playful
00:26 $ 0.08 USD
19 Reminder of Second Main Theme in its original form 00:43 $ 0.13 USD
20 Ttransfomation of Second Main Theme by piano 00:40 $ 0.12 USD
21 Piano hijacks orchestra's 'call to arms' 00:43 $ 0.13 USD
22 Piano and orchestra, now allies, explore theme, but with
piano leading
01:08 $ 0.20 USD
23 Dramatic eruption of orchestra leads to the Development
section
01:13 $ 0.22 USD
24 Pianistic 'tiger' replaced by gentle reflective, soft-spoken
poet
00:30 $ 0.09 USD
25 Transformed 'tiger' theme amicably shared by piano and
orchestra
00:44 $ 0.13 USD
26 An apparently new theme - but Battlle Hymn of the Republic? 00:41 $ 0.12 USD
27 Brief, downward-driving section prepares for the
Recapitulation
00:54 $ 0.16 USD
28 On the threshold of the Recapitulation 00:54 $ 0.16 USD
29 Recapitulation: The Magical Return 01:06 $ 0.20 USD
30 From Gate-crashing Tiger to Celestial Tenderness - and a
surprise
01:17 $ 0.23 USD
31 And unexpected and portentus change of mood, suggesting
tragedy
01:01 $ 0.18 USD
32 Summation 00:30 $ 0.09 USD
33 First Movement (Complete) 17:16 $ 3.11 USD
34 Second Movement: The upward-driving opening gambit, piano
alone
00:13 $ 0.04 USD
35 Downward-driving answer from lower strings 00:27 $ 0.08 USD
36 Theme vs Melody 00:58 $ 0.17 USD
37 Eerie, unharmonised, 'white' sound of Second Theme 00:45 $ 0.14 USD
38 Second Theme taken up and developed by piano 01:25 $ 0.26 USD
39 Expectation and surprise; harmonic fluidity and intensifying
drama
01:40 $ 0.30 USD
40 Return (and transformation) of Theme Two 00:41 $ 0.12 USD
41 Theme One returns in orchestra; Theme Three emerges in major
mode
01:00 $ 0.18 USD
42 Sequence of fragmentary episodes begins with unexpected
fanfare
00:58 $ 0.17 USD
43 Variant of Theme Three in piano 00:36 $ 0.11 USD
44 Rescored variant of 'fanfare' theme; from grandeur to
solemnity
00:21 $ 0.06 USD
45 Rhapsodic variant of fanfare, this time for piano alone 00:24 $ 0.07 USD
46 Recapitulation of opening, with piano and orchestra
reversing roles
01:07 $ 0.20 USD
47 Theme Two transformed by new instrumentation 00:36 $ 0.11 USD
48 Cue and Second Movement (Complete) 09:23 $ 1.69 USD
 
 
Disc 2
01 Introduction, cue and First Main Theme 01:53 $ 0.34 USD
02 Theme One taken up by strings and solo oboe; piano's entry 01:20 $ 0.24 USD
03 Complex variant of Theme One with very different speed and
rhythm
00:42 $ 0.13 USD
04 Orchestra and piano in mixed variants of Theme One, now
intensified
01:10 $ 0.21 USD
05 Theme Two, hushed and 'tuneless', with piano, clarinets and
strings
01:28 $ 0.26 USD
06 Oboe Theme returns, now delicately embroidered by the piano 00:46 $ 0.14 USD
07 Cue and Third Movement (Complete) 11:50 $ 2.13 USD
08 Finale: Introduction, cue and Main Theme 00:57 $ 0.17 USD
09 Violins take up tune, with winds and piano accompanying 00:24 $ 0.07 USD
10 Piano introduces Part 2 of the main theme 00:37 $ 0.11 USD
11 Part 3 of the theme, led by piano, in 'fiercely'
self-confident mood
00:54 $ 0.16 USD
12 First Episode, Part 1 00:47 $ 0.14 USD
13 First Episode, Part 2 00:23 $ 0.07 USD
14 Piano hands theme over to clarinets and bassoons 00:15 $ 0.05 USD
15 First Episode, Part 3, in piano, first; then flutes and
oboes
00:40 $ 0.12 USD
16 Strings and flutes take theme, with bubbling commentary from
piano
00:28 $ 0.08 USD
17 Tipsy dancers (piano and winds) return, tiring; strings take
over
00:38 $ 0.11 USD
18 In the central Episode, the orchestra throws down a dramatic
challenge
00:28 $ 0.08 USD
19 ... to which the piano duly responds with a stormy outburst 00:10 $ 0.03 USD
20 Piano kick-starts run-up to final section in a variant of
the main theme
00:41 $ 0.12 USD
21 Orchestra sets off on jaunty march, later joined by the
piano
00:25 $ 0.08 USD
22 Piano propels orchestra into final section 00:46 $ 0.14 USD
23 Summation and cue to the movement as a whole 00:22 $ 0.07 USD
24 Finale (Complete) 09:08 $ 1.64 USD
 
  Album total 104:44
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
ReaderSiepmann, Jeremy
ProducerSoames, Nicolas

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