Neues Gewandhaus, Leipzig
Symphony no.2 in D major, op.73Piano Concerto no.2 in B-flat major, op.83
Arcadi Volodos (piano)
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
|Players of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra just prior to the |
Saturday evening rehearsal for this concert
Riccardo Chailly’s recent Decca recordings of the Brahms symphonies and assorted other orchestral works are being heavily promoted by symphony-and-concerto cycles – the concertos do not appear in the Decca set – first in Leipzig, and later in London, Paris, and Vienna. I cannot claim to have been a devotee of Chailly’s Beethoven, much though I love the sound of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and so, not having heard the Brahms recordings, approached this concert with some trepidation. Perhaps I should have recalled a Prom a good few years ago, in which Beethoven and Brahms were combined, for I had found the latter far more to my liking. At any rate, if the inevitable list of favourites from the past remains unchallenged, a problem almost as great for Brahms as for Beethoven, this concert offered rewards beyond the undoubted pleasure of this great orchestra’s ‘old German’ sound.