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Ensemble

Genuine Elation

Brahms, Wagner and Sibelius from Nottingham,
heard by MIKE WHEELER

 

Brahms' Piano Concerto No 1 is an astonishing achievement for a composer in his early twenties, a big work in both its time-span and its emotional range. The Hallé Orchestra and conductor Mark Elder pitched us straight into the seething turmoil of the opening, while soloist Paul Lewis had no need for grandstanding to tell us that this is a piece of music with a lot on its mind (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham UK, 14 October 2014).

While there were clearly reserves of anger for when it mattered, much of the music's eloquence came across in the quieter moments...

Copyright © 22 October 2014 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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JOHANNES BRAHMS

RICHARD WAGNER

JEAN SIBELIUS

MARK ELDER

HALLE ORCHESTRA

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

PIANO MUSIC

NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL

NOTTINGHAM

UNITED KINGDOM

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