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BRAHMS, J.: Piano Concerto No. 1 / SCHUMANN, R.: Introduction and Concerto-Allegro (Biret, Polish National Radio Symphony, Wit)

Composer(s):Brahms, JohannesSchumann, Robert
Artist(s) Wit, Antoni, Conductor • Polish National Radio Symphony OrchestraBiret, Idil, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.554088
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Leslie Gerber,,

"Here is a Brahms performance with a distinct point of view. Idil Biret stresses the lyrical, introspective aspects of the music, although without slighting its virtuosic elements. She can rip through the double octaves in the first movement and the thorny writing throughout the Concerto without audible strain, but the emphasis is always on a cantabile approach. Some listeners, accustomed to more heroic performances, may find this one disappointing at first, but eventually it proves rewarding in its own manner. Antoni Wit and the fine orchestra provide excellent, thoroughly integrated support, and the recording engineers give us clarity and realistic balance. There should be no controversy about the Schumann performance, which is as lyrical and lovely throughout as it needs to


Review By Patrick Meanor,Listener Magazine,October 2001

"I have spent hours going through at least ten of my favorite recordings of this concerto, and this one with Idil Biret ranks right up there with the top five...You'll be hard-pressed to find as profoundly moving a performance of this impossible piece-or so inexpensive!-as Idil Biret's on Naxos...When most pianists sound exhausted and drained at the conclusion of the Brahms, Biret finds new energy and splendor."

Review By ,Record Geijutsu,June 2006



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