Brahms: Symphonies / Piano Concertos / Overtures / Haydn Variations

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Brahms: Symphonies / Piano Concertos / Overtures / Haydn Variations
Rudolf Buchbinder (piano), Berlin Philharmonic & Royal Concertgebouw orchestras, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

[ Warner Classics / 5 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Monday 17 October 2016

"Simply to play Brahms one more time is not enough for me," said Nikolaus Harnoncourt of these recordings, made in the late 1990s with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. His research, which included detailed study of Brahms' own scores and of performing traditions, led the conductor to draw a fascinating, apparently contradictory conclusion: "I deny that Brahms was a Romantic and, in the same breath, I describe him as the greatest Romantic."

"The Berlin Philharmonic plays beautifully throughout, sounding in these 1996-97 recordings like its old, distinctive self" ClassicsToday

"Buchbinder is..sensitive to the nuances, both harmonic and atmospheric...his are very musical and satisfying readings...superior sound quality." (MusicWeb)


Academic Festival Overture in C minor, op.80
Berliner Philharmoniker

Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor, op.68
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, op.83
Soloist Rudolf Buchbinder
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Symphony No 1 in C minor Op 68
Symphony No.2 in D major, op.73
Symphony No.3 in F major, op.90
Symphony No.4 in E minor, op.98
Berliner Philharmoniker

Tragic Overture in D minor, op.81
Berliner Philharmoniker

Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn in B flat major, op.56a
Berliner Philharmoniker

Two Rhapsodies Op 79
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra