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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Joaquín Achúcarro ();

"Achúcarro’s approach is unorthodox in today’s stick-to-theletter-of-the-score, mechanically perfect musical world. His rubati seem excessive to some; to others, like a throwback to a Golden Age. For all of his reverence for the great composers whose music he plays, he maintains a healthy sense of their humanity as well. “Our duty is first of all to understand what composer does and wants, and then to try to deliver it the best we can, but also to serve the music,” he says. “And maybe sometimes the composer is wrong.” He adds, “People say you must follow the text. But if you follow the text, perhaps the music is not totally served.”...And heviews what he does as a performer as an act of creation in its own right." (The Washington Post)

Renée Fleming in Concert

Renée Fleming in Concert

Renée Fleming (Soprano); Christian Thielemann (Conductor); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra (Strauss)); Staatskapelle Dresden (Orchestra (Wolf, Strauss, Bruckner));

"Thielemann, whose reading is satisfyingly spacious, reveals the work's structural mastery in intermingling and transforming its many themes. The excellent video director Michael Beyer expertly lays out the orchestra in front of us, following the music sensibly so that we can relish Strauss's detailed scoring...[Fleming] sings gloriously and the result is ravishing" (Gramophone - Strauss Songs and Eine Alpensinfonie)

Strauss: Renée Fleming in Concert (Salzburg Festival)

Strauss: Renée Fleming in Concert (Salzburg Festival)

Renée Fleming (Soprano);

"Fleming’s performances were infused with an intoxicating power of shape and expression…Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic supported the singer as if carried with their hands" (Der Standard)

Wolf; Bruckner: Thielemann/Fleming Concert (Staatskapelle Dresden)

Wolf; Bruckner: Thielemann/Fleming Concert (Staatskapelle Dresden)

Renée Fleming (Soprano);

"romantic music as magic for the ears..." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)