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Album of the Week

Classical WETA 90.9 FM showcases notable new (or newly reissued) albums each week. Hear selections from the album on-air throughout the week, and check online to learn more about the artist and the music. Our friends at ArkivMusic join in by putting that recording on sale for the entire week and contributing a portion of each sale to WETA.

May 25, 2020

Johannes Brahms | Piano Concerto No. 2; Handel Variations

Johannes Brahms | Piano Concerto No. 2; Handel Variations

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To close out May, Album of the Week turns to the piano music of Johannes Brahms. German pianist Lars Vogt recently released a recording of Piano Concerto #2, conducting the Royal Northern Sinfonia from the keyboard. This follows a few years after his critically acclaimed reading of Brahms’ first piano concerto, which we’re also featuring this week.

Vogt rounded out each recording with solo works by Brahms. In this newest recording: the Handel Variations.

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Johannes Brahms | Piano Concerto No. 1; Four Ballades, Op. 10

Johannes Brahms | Piano Concerto No. 1; Four Ballades, Op. 10

Ondine 1330

Paired with our featured release from Lars Vogt is the first recording in his Brahms piano concerto series. This performance is highly recommended by Gramophone magazine, which proclaimed: 

The music-making is nothing short of sensational. This is a bold Brahms D minor with immense character, audacious and courageous. 

Also on this recording: Four Ballades, Op. 10 for solo piano.