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GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES: Brahms Piano concerto N° 2 (Barenboim – Celibidache)

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Pianokonzer Nr. 2
Piano concerto N° 2

München Philharmoniker
Dirigent: Sergiu Celibidache
Piano: Daniel Barenboim

1st mov 00:30
2nd mov 20:00
3rd mov 29:55
4th mov 42:26


Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (German: [joˈhanəs ˈbʁaːms]; 7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist.

Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria, where he was a leader of the musical scene. In his lifetime, Brahms’s popularity and influence were considerable; following a comment by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow, he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the “Three Bs“.

Brahms composed for piano, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, and for voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works; he worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinistJoseph Joachim. Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.[1]

Brahms is often considered both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Baroque and Classical masters. He was a master of counterpoint, the complex and highly disciplined art for which Johann Sebastian Bach is famous, and of development, a compositional ethos pioneered by Joseph HaydnWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and other composers. Brahms aimed to honour the “purity” of these venerable “German” structures and advance them into a Romantic idiom, in the process creating bold new approaches to harmony and melody. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms’s works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers.


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Make Music Part of your Life Series: Ruggiero RICCI at SAINT-SAËNS Havanaise Op.83 – P.Cao, 1972

Camille SAINT-SAËNS: Havanaise, in E Major Op.83 (1887)
Ruggiero RICCI – Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor (Recorded: Hamburg 1972)
1) Violin Concerto No.2 in C Major Op.58 (1858)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
2) Violin Concerto No.1 in A Major Op.20 -Allegro (1859)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
3) Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, in A Minor Op.28 (1863)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
4) Romance, in C Major Op.48 (1874)
Philharmonia Hungarica – Reinhard Peters, conductor
5) Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor Op.61 (1880)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
6) Violin Concerto No.4 in G major Op.62 ‘Inachevé’ (Morceau de concert) (1880)
Philharmonia Hungarica – Reinhard Peters, conductor
7) Havanaise, in E Major Op.83 (1887)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
8) Caprice Andalous, in G Major Op.122 (1904)
Philharmonia Hungarica – Pierre Cao, conductor
(Ruggiero Ricci, violin / Hamburg, 1972 – (c)&(p) 1990 by VOX)


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Antoine de Lhoyer: Concerto for guitar & strings, Op. 16 (1799) – Part II / Ensemble Matheus


Concerto pour la guitare avec accompagnement de 2 violons, alto et basse, Opus 16

date: 1799 (Hamburg, Boehme, 1802)

II. Adagio (arranged by Philippe Spinosi) – 0:05

Philippe Spinosi (R. Lacote, 1824 guitar)
Violin I
Laurence Paugam (J. Knit, 1770 c.)
Emmanuel Curial (N.-A. Chappuy, 1750 c.)
Marc-Antoine Raffy (Ch. Jacquot, Early XIX Century)
Cécile Mille (Fresbrunner, 1750 c.)
Violin II
Françoise Paugam (Italy, Early XVIII Century)
Anne-Violaine Caillaux (A. Meyer, Metz, XVIII Century)
Tami Troman (A. Castagneri, Paris, 1738)
Malik Haudidier (J. L. Blivet, 1998 after A. Testore, Milan, 1747)
Marie-Aude Guyon (Maucotel et Deschamp, 1906)
Pauline Warnier (Austrian anonymous, XVIII Century violoncello)
Thierry Runarvot (1700 c., Naples double bass)

Ensemble Matheus / Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor)

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Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite – 7 ‘Reed Flutes’ * Volker Hartung & Cologne New Philharmonic

Peter Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite op.71a is brilliantly performed by the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Volker Hartung. Filmed during their annual concerts in Hamburg and Wuppertal, Germany in February 2009 in amazing picture and sound quality, the sound was recorded live by Holger Siedler during their concert at Laeisz-Halle Hamburg, on sunday morning, February 1st 2009.