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ARTIST
TITLE
Brahms: Works for Piano
FORMAT
CD

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ARB 103CD ARB 103CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/16/2015

1996 release. A tireless teacher and performer who hated practicing piano, Walter Gieseking was recorded playing most of the piano's major works. Unlike the marathon studio sessions, his few and rare live appearances have a different character, a spontaneity and fire that the studio inhibited. Arbiter found a war trophy: two movements of a Brahms piano concerto from Berlin in 1944. A year later, when Germany was defeated, the Red Army seized Berlin radio's contents (including the furniture) and spirited all off to Moscow, where it languished until perestroika effected the return of all acknowledged stolen property; Arbiter was the first to notice its return. Gieseking's Brahms is a welcome relief from the sanctimony plaguing his music nowadays! This CD includes recordings from 1939-1956. These recordings of the Piano Concerto No.2 in B-Flat, Op. 83, feature Robert Heger and the Berlin Philharmonic.