Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Stephen Hough / BBC Symphony Orchestra - Andrew Davis
Virgin Classics 91138

Reissued as budget-priced 2CD set Virgin 61412 with Piano Concerto No. 1 (previously unreleased)

Contents:

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb, Op. 83
  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Allegro appassionato
  3. Andante
  4. Allegretto grazioso

Perfomers: Stephen Hough (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Hugh (cello, track #3), Andrew Davis (conductor)

Playing time: 51'

Recording date: September 1989 (London)

So this performance is supposed to be a bore? Please. It is so articulate, and Hough always knows what he wants to say. The orchestra is not that inspired, but so what? It stays out of the way, and adds when needed.

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T. M. McComb