Music For The Day

More Brahms, and more Maurizio Pollini at the keyboard. Stick with it, there are rewards to be had. An older recording today, this time of Brahms’ somewhat underrated Second Piano Concerto.

 

Featuring the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the late Claudio Abbado.

There is some truly fine Brahms playing going on here. Very fine indeed.

Music For The Day

More Maurizio Pollini today. This time a complete, recent recording of Brahm’s First Piano Concerto, accompanied by the Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

 

A fine recording by a great pianist – though I favour the Emil Gilels recording and (perhaps predictably) the bootleg Carnegie Hall recording of Gould/Bernstein, this one holds up quite well in comparison.

Music For The Day

The first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, by J. S. Bach.

 

As interpreted by pianist Maurizio Pollini.

Glenn Gould would no doubt have spat out his milk and arrowroot biscuits in distaste at being made to listen to this particular recording, but for those with a broader aesthetic taste there is much to admire here.