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Rudolf Buchbinder performs Concertos no. 1 and 2 for piano by Johannes Brahms

Monday, 12 December 2016 , ora 11.30

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On December 1st the great Austrian pianist turned 70, whom has been and still is honored in major concert halls in the world, among which Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Concert Hall of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin. The album of Brahms' concertos recollections recordings of whom the pianist performed in The Golden Hall in Musikverein in the Austrian Capital, with the Vienna's Phillarmonic Orchestra with its conductor Zubin Mehta.

As I mentioned the great Golden Hall in Musiverein and Vienna's Phillarmonic Orchestra, exactly on December 1st 2016, at the anniversary concert held as as a tribute for his activity, Rudolf Buchbinder was given the title of Honorary Member of the prestigious Vienna's Phillarmonic. In that memorable evening, the pianist was the soloist of Beethoven's Concerto No.5 "Emperor" accompanied by Vienna's Phillarmonic Orchestra conducted by Tugan Sokhiev.

Not every day you get the chance to listen to Brahms being interpreted almost to perfection.

These are the words with which the newspaper Kurier headlined the event, in whom Rudolf Buchbinder performed Concertos no. 1 and 2 by Johanned Brahms accompanied by Vienna's Phillarmonic Orchestra, conducted by his lifetime friend, the great maestro Zubin Mehta. These recordings are being kept on this album, because, even if it was dedicated to him, he reveals an intimate artistic dialogue between two artist that know each other very well. The distinguished ensemble of Vienna's Phillarmonic is the Orchestra with whom Rudolf Buchbinder worked over several decades and enjoyed some of his greatest achievements of his career.

The pianist says: Listening to Brahms, most people conclude that his music is incredibly difficult and complex. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to become intimate with Brahms' world of sounds and more maturity, which offers you a new freedom as a performer.

Indeed, Brahms' piano concertos are works which requires the soloist a wide range of refined shades and high technical skills, both delightful solved by Rudolf Buchbinder. It is a performance worthy of notice in relation to these scores. The question remains, especially for the collectors of Brahms' works, if these versions can be compared to the remarkable versions performed by Buchbinder and Nikolaus Harnouncourt, conductor of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra.

I leave you to choose, but not before the first listen on CD Review (12:15 pm), these live recordings on 12 and 13 December.

Gabriel Marica
Translated by Stefan Alexandra-Maria
MTTLC 2nd year (promoția 2014-2016) University of Bucharest