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BRAHMS

Piano Concerto no.1

Ballades op.10

BRAHMS

Piano Concerto no.1

Ballades op.10

 

A renewal of forms.

Too innovative for its time, Brahms’s Piano Concerto no.1, premiered in Hanover in 1859, needed a few years to become established in the repertory. It is a work that redefines the norms of the genre. The traditional confrontation between virtuoso soloist and orchestra is bypassed in favour of a balanced treatment and a more ‘symphonic’ approach. The Ballades op.10 too derive from the impetus towards a renewal of forms characteristic of the young Brahms’s output.

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"His account has clarity, muscle and steely pride, but also intimacy, vulnerability and volatility: the combination is magnetic." The Guardian

"intimate, consoling, subtly persuasive" The Financial Times

"The captivating F major passage, after the fugato, is a delight, and the Swedish woodwind play expressively for Harding.” The Sunday Times