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Andras Schiff

Brahms-Piano Concertos w/ Orch of the Age of Enlig

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1 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in d minor, op. 15 / Maestoso  
2 Adagio  
3 Rondo. Allegro non troppo  
4 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in B-flat major, op. 83 / Allegro non troppo  
5 Allegro appasionato  
6 Andante  
7 Allegretto grazioso  
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Arnold Schoenberg called him ‘Brahms the Progressive'. Whilst Johannes Brahms's musical language and formal cosmos were deeply rooted in the past, by burrowing into the music of Bach and Beethoven he brought forth compositional fabrics of a tight-knit perfection that pointed far into the future.

Yet, over years of continuously evolving interpretations, Brahms's oeuvre has acquired an inappropriate heaviness more likely to conceal the fabric of his music than to unveil the subtle intricacies of its ‘developing variations', to quote Schoenberg's term for his compositional method. András Schiff emphasizes precisely this point in his new recording of the two piano concertos with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

The British Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was founded in 1986. True to its name, it is devoted primarily to music from the Age of Enlightenment. It plays on so-called ‘period instruments' built at the time that the music was composed. Its 50 musicians frequently play without a conductor.

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