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Classics Explained: BRAHMS - Piano Concerto No. 2 (Siepmann)

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Classics Explained: BRAHMS - Piano Concerto No. 2 (Siepmann)
Label Catalogue Number:
8.558030-31
Running Time: 104:44
UPC Code: 0636943803028

Release Date: July 2001
Composer
Johannes Brahms
Solo Soloist
Jeremy Siepmann

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An Introduction to … BRAHMS

1.
Introduction; opening horn call and piano's answer
1:50
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Rising three-note scalewise pattern
0:25
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Quicker, descending six-note 'answer'
0:18
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Second, answering phrase
0:32
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First Main Theme completed by orchestra
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Peace shattered as piano bursts back in like a tiger
1:24
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Variant of opening horn call in bass
0:19
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Orchestra returns; beginning of Exposition proper
2:25
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Big, 'singing' theme in orchestra; piano 'forgotten'
0:41
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Call to arms by strings; marshalling of orchestral forces
1:03
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Piano re-enters fry with massive expansion of opening figure
0:48
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Piano 'explores' two main facets of opening theme
0:45
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Transition. sense of key weakened. Piano and orchestra come together
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Piano and orchestra 'argue' over speed of thematic three-note rise
0:41
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Piano and orchestra in friendly dialogue before piano falls away
1:28
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'Winged' harmonic shadow of pure pianistic tone-colour
0:45
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New 'transitional' theme from orchestra developed by piano
1:51
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After indecision and discussion, the mood suddenly turns playful
0:26
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19.
Reminder of Second Main Theme in its original form
0:43
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Ttransfomation of Second Main Theme by piano
0:40
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Piano hijacks orchestra's 'call to arms'
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Piano and orchestra, now allies, explore theme, but with piano leading
1:08
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Dramatic eruption of orchestra leads to the Development section
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Pianistic 'tiger' replaced by gentle reflective, soft-spoken poet
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Transformed 'tiger' theme amicably shared by piano and orchestra
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An apparently new theme - but Battlle Hymn of the Republic?
0:41
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Brief, downward-driving section prepares for the Recapitulation
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On the threshold of the Recapitulation
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Recapitulation: The Magical Return
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From Gate-crashing Tiger to Celestial Tenderness - and a surprise
1:17
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And unexpected and portentus change of mood, suggesting tragedy
1:01
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Summation
0:30
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First Movement (Complete)
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Second Movement: The upward-driving opening gambit, piano alone
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Downward-driving answer from lower strings
0:27
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Theme vs Melody
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Eerie, unharmonised, 'white' sound of Second Theme
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Second Theme taken up and developed by piano
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Expectation and surprise; harmonic fluidity and intensifying drama
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Return (and transformation) of Theme Two
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Theme One returns in orchestra; Theme Three emerges in major mode
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Sequence of fragmentary episodes begins with unexpected fanfare
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Variant of Theme Three in piano
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Rescored variant of 'fanfare' theme; from grandeur to solemnity
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Rhapsodic variant of fanfare, this time for piano alone
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Recapitulation of opening, with piano and orchestra reversing roles
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Theme Two transformed by new instrumentation
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Cue and Second Movement (Complete)
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Introduction, cue and First Main Theme
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Theme One taken up by strings and solo oboe; piano's entry
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Complex variant of Theme One with very different speed and rhythm
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Orchestra and piano in mixed variants of Theme One, now intensified
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Theme Two, hushed and 'tuneless', with piano, clarinets and strings
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Oboe Theme returns, now delicately embroidered by the piano
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Cue and Third Movement (Complete)
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Finale: Introduction, cue and Main Theme
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Violins take up tune, with winds and piano accompanying
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Piano introduces Part 2 of the main theme
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Part 3 of the theme, led by piano, in 'fiercely' self-confident mood
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First Episode, Part 1
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First Episode, Part 2
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Piano hands theme over to clarinets and bassoons
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First Episode, Part 3, in piano, first; then flutes and oboes
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Strings and flutes take theme, with bubbling commentary from piano
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Tipsy dancers (piano and winds) return, tiring; strings take over
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In the central Episode, the orchestra throws down a dramatic challenge
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... to which the piano duly responds with a stormy outburst
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Piano kick-starts run-up to final section in a variant of the main theme
0:41
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Orchestra sets off on jaunty march, later joined by the piano
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Piano propels orchestra into final section
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Summation and cue to the movement as a whole
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Finale (Complete)
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Solo: Jeremy Siepmann Soloist

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JOHANNES BRAHMS

An Introduction to … BRAHMS

1.
Introduction; opening horn call and piano's answer
1:50
2.
Rising three-note scalewise pattern
0:25
3.
Quicker, descending six-note 'answer'
0:18
4.
Second, answering phrase
0:32
5.
First Main Theme completed by orchestra
0:50
6.
Peace shattered as piano bursts back in like a tiger
1:24
7.
Variant of opening horn call in bass
0:19
8.
Orchestra returns; beginning of Exposition proper
2:25
9.
Big, 'singing' theme in orchestra; piano 'forgotten'
0:41
10.
Call to arms by strings; marshalling of orchestral forces
1:03
11.
Piano re-enters fry with massive expansion of opening figure
0:48
12.
Piano 'explores' two main facets of opening theme
0:45
13.
Transition. sense of key weakened. Piano and orchestra come together
1:07
14.
Piano and orchestra 'argue' over speed of thematic three-note rise
0:41
15.
Piano and orchestra in friendly dialogue before piano falls away
1:28
16.
'Winged' harmonic shadow of pure pianistic tone-colour
0:45
17.
New 'transitional' theme from orchestra developed by piano
1:51
18.
After indecision and discussion, the mood suddenly turns playful
0:26
19.
Reminder of Second Main Theme in its original form
0:43
20.
Ttransfomation of Second Main Theme by piano
0:40
21.
Piano hijacks orchestra's 'call to arms'
0:43
22.
Piano and orchestra, now allies, explore theme, but with piano leading
1:08
23.
Dramatic eruption of orchestra leads to the Development section
1:13
24.
Pianistic 'tiger' replaced by gentle reflective, soft-spoken poet
0:30
25.
Transformed 'tiger' theme amicably shared by piano and orchestra
0:44
26.
An apparently new theme - but Battlle Hymn of the Republic?
0:41
27.
Brief, downward-driving section prepares for the Recapitulation
0:54
28.
On the threshold of the Recapitulation
0:54
29.
Recapitulation: The Magical Return
1:06
30.
From Gate-crashing Tiger to Celestial Tenderness - and a surprise
1:17
31.
And unexpected and portentus change of mood, suggesting tragedy
1:01
32.
Summation
0:30
33.
First Movement (Complete)
17:16
34.
Second Movement: The upward-driving opening gambit, piano alone
0:13
35.
Downward-driving answer from lower strings
0:27
36.
Theme vs Melody
0:58
37.
Eerie, unharmonised, 'white' sound of Second Theme
0:45
38.
Second Theme taken up and developed by piano
1:25
39.
Expectation and surprise; harmonic fluidity and intensifying drama
1:40
40.
Return (and transformation) of Theme Two
0:41
41.
Theme One returns in orchestra; Theme Three emerges in major mode
1:00
42.
Sequence of fragmentary episodes begins with unexpected fanfare
0:58
43.
Variant of Theme Three in piano
0:36
44.
Rescored variant of 'fanfare' theme; from grandeur to solemnity
0:21
45.
Rhapsodic variant of fanfare, this time for piano alone
0:24
46.
Recapitulation of opening, with piano and orchestra reversing roles
1:07
47.
Theme Two transformed by new instrumentation
0:36
48.
Cue and Second Movement (Complete)
9:23
1.
Introduction, cue and First Main Theme
1:53
2.
Theme One taken up by strings and solo oboe; piano's entry
1:20
3.
Complex variant of Theme One with very different speed and rhythm
0:42
4.
Orchestra and piano in mixed variants of Theme One, now intensified
1:10
5.
Theme Two, hushed and 'tuneless', with piano, clarinets and strings
1:28
6.
Oboe Theme returns, now delicately embroidered by the piano
0:46
7.
Cue and Third Movement (Complete)
11:50
8.
Finale: Introduction, cue and Main Theme
0:57
9.
Violins take up tune, with winds and piano accompanying
0:24
10.
Piano introduces Part 2 of the main theme
0:37
11.
Part 3 of the theme, led by piano, in 'fiercely' self-confident mood
0:54
12.
First Episode, Part 1
0:47
13.
First Episode, Part 2
0:23
14.
Piano hands theme over to clarinets and bassoons
0:15
15.
First Episode, Part 3, in piano, first; then flutes and oboes
0:40
16.
Strings and flutes take theme, with bubbling commentary from piano
0:28
17.
Tipsy dancers (piano and winds) return, tiring; strings take over
0:38
18.
In the central Episode, the orchestra throws down a dramatic challenge
0:28
19.
... to which the piano duly responds with a stormy outburst
0:10
20.
Piano kick-starts run-up to final section in a variant of the main theme
0:41
21.
Orchestra sets off on jaunty march, later joined by the piano
0:25
22.
Piano propels orchestra into final section
0:46
23.
Summation and cue to the movement as a whole
0:22
24.
Finale (Complete)
9:08
Solo: Jeremy Siepmann Soloist




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