Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2
in B-flat major, Op. 83 (1881)
A stunningly beautiful musical gem
Jonathan Darlington together with the Duisburg Philharmonics has already shown in many productions at ACOUSENCE how he is capable of enriching his interpretations in the special atmosphere of playing in front of an audience with unique musical moments. With Anna Malikova, now a soloist directly speaking the same musical language meets this constellation, who at the same time with ease bests the demands of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto - the perfect foundation for a recording of this magnificent piece with the dimension of a symphony and a complex solo part, heavily intertwined with the orchestra. The result is a striking recording, flowing exquisitely relaxed, yet played powerfully, with a firm grasp of the sensibility of the music and the closeness of the concert performance. Brahms’ big piano concerto in four movements - completely in the spirit of our philosophy and especially of the LIVING CONCERT SERIES.