Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Sonata No. 1

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Sonata No. 1

by Yo-Yo Ma


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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Sonata No. 1

In this mighty and majestic concerto, one of the longest in the repertory, pianist Emanuel Ax inspires comparison with his mentor Arthur Rubinstein. Rarely has the typically sure-fingered Ax's tone been so lush and dynamic. The higher notes of his instrument sound particularly gem-like, as glittery as a chandelier. The Boston Symphony reminds us that it is one of the world's great orchestras, capable of the music's considerable challenges. After a calm start, Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink revs up his engines for some dynamic Brahmsian music-making, carefully shaped, with particular attention paid to orchestral balance and beauty of tone. An arrangement for cello of the Brahms G Major Violin Sonata makes a lovely, lyrically expressive bonus. Here Ax is joined by Yo-Yo Ma, whose customary graceful approach suits this work originally written for a higher-toned instrument.

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Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646322925
catalogNumber: 63229


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Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist

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