Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 15 (l

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Label: PROFIL
Catalog: PH18065
Format: CD

Klassische Philharmonie Bonn; Litvintseva, Ekaterina; Beissel, Heribert

Rising pianist Ekaterina Litvintseva writes of this release in which she performs Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15: “From a technical and musical perspective, it is one of the hardest concertos ever written! What clearly distinguishes it from other concertos is its symbiosis of orchestra and pianist. What I mean is that the orchestra and pianist are very closely interlinked so as to give the concerto a thoroughly symphonic complexion. It is known that Brahms originally conceived the work as a symphony. It stands to reason, therefore, that this work should sound symphonic. The task set before the pianist when tackling this work is a very tall order, namely the challenge of playing a 50-minute concerto and, throughout every minute, immersing oneself in the music without losing sight of the overall picture. A useful analogy might be to imagine a mountainous landscape and, whilst enjoying the harmony and unity of the mountains, also to observe their slightest elevations and hollows. I believe that nature abounds in this work, as if I were to breathe in the fresh mountain air, feel its vigor and visualize scenic colors. I have put so much time and energy into this concerto. By giving so many concerts, I was able to thoroughly immerse myself in the music and experiment with it 13 times. So I think I’m justified in saying that it has become my concerto.“

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