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Lars Vogt|Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 & 4 Ballades, Op. 10

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 & 4 Ballades, Op. 10

Lars Vogt, Northern Sinfonia

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Lars Vogt continues his series of concerto recordings with the Royal Northern Sinfonia with this new recording of Johannes Brahms’ (1833–1897) First Piano Concerto together with Four Ballades (Op. 10) for solo piano. As in previous albums, Lars Vogt conducts from the keyboard.

The evolution of Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto took several steps. Originally conceived to become a Sonata for Two Pianos through orchestration it was developed into a four-movement "Symphony" until reaching into its final form of a "Piano Concerto" in three movements. During the process, which lasted from 1854 to 1856, some movements were also discarded and replaced by new material. This music is packed with much drama. No wonder since these years were particularly tumultuous in Brahms’ personal life: it was during this period when his great mentor Robert Schumann was sent into an asylum and ultimately died. It was also time when Brahms formed a close, lifelong friendship to Clara Schumann. Some of these feelings might well be echoed in the peaceful second movement, Adagio.

Brahms’ Four Ballades, Op. 10 are works written in 1854 by a young composer barely in his 20s, yet these pieces are technically mature and profound in such a manner that they could even be compared to his final piano opuses. © Ondine

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 & 4 Ballades, Op. 10

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15 (Version for Piano & Orchestra) (Johannes Brahms)

1
I. Maestoso
00:22:40

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Ondine (P) 2019 Ondine

2
II. Adagio
00:13:49

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Ondine (P) 2019 Ondine

3
III. Rondo. Allegro non troppo
00:12:33

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Ondine (P) 2019 Ondine

4 Ballades, op. 10 (Johannes Brahms)

4
No. 1, Andante "Edward"
00:04:36

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Ondine (P) 2019 Ondine

5
No. 2, Andante
00:06:30

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Ondine (P) 2019 Ondine

6
No. 3, Intermezzo. Allegro
00:03:55

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Ondine (P) 2019 Ondine

7
No. 4, Andante con moto
00:07:56

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Ondine (P) 2019 Ondine

Album Description

Lars Vogt continues his series of concerto recordings with the Royal Northern Sinfonia with this new recording of Johannes Brahms’ (1833–1897) First Piano Concerto together with Four Ballades (Op. 10) for solo piano. As in previous albums, Lars Vogt conducts from the keyboard.

The evolution of Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto took several steps. Originally conceived to become a Sonata for Two Pianos through orchestration it was developed into a four-movement "Symphony" until reaching into its final form of a "Piano Concerto" in three movements. During the process, which lasted from 1854 to 1856, some movements were also discarded and replaced by new material. This music is packed with much drama. No wonder since these years were particularly tumultuous in Brahms’ personal life: it was during this period when his great mentor Robert Schumann was sent into an asylum and ultimately died. It was also time when Brahms formed a close, lifelong friendship to Clara Schumann. Some of these feelings might well be echoed in the peaceful second movement, Adagio.

Brahms’ Four Ballades, Op. 10 are works written in 1854 by a young composer barely in his 20s, yet these pieces are technically mature and profound in such a manner that they could even be compared to his final piano opuses. © Ondine

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