Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111

by John Ogdon
     
 

With the widespread popularity of stereophonic sound by 1957, it is perplexing that this 1966 recording of Brahms' second piano concerto would be made in monaural sound. Still more puzzling is why more was not done during remastering to brighten the sound. The result is an overall unsatisfactory sound quality wherein only the instrument thatSee more details below

Overview

With the widespread popularity of stereophonic sound by 1957, it is perplexing that this 1966 recording of Brahms' second piano concerto would be made in monaural sound. Still more puzzling is why more was not done during remastering to brighten the sound. The result is an overall unsatisfactory sound quality wherein only the instrument that happens to be playing the loudest may be heard. The piano, in particular the left hand, is very muddy. While interesting from an historical perspective, John Ogdon's performance is inconsistent from one moment to the next. The Brahms runs the gamut: the extremely slow first movement is filled with plodding, pounded-out, interminable sequences while the fourth movement has occasional moments of graceful playfulness. This same inconsistency is found in the Beethoven. Many of the forte chordal passages in the first movement are filled with extra notes and the left hand is often an indistinguishable blur of sound. In contrast, the much gentler Arietta presents much more elegance and introspection. This recording is truly for collectors and not for those seeking to obtain their first recording of either of these pieces. If performances from this era are appealing, listeners are referred to Rubinstein's 1971 recording of the Brahms and Kempff's 1956 recording of the Beethoven.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Bbc Legends
UPC:
0684911418323
catalogNumber:
4183
Rank:
146083

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83  - Johannes Brahms  - John Ogdon  - John Barbirolli  -  Hallé  - John Patrick
  2. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - John Ogdon  - John Patrick

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John Ogdon   Primary Artist

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