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  Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos - Backhaus/Böhm
  Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 K.595

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)
Vienna Philharmonic
Karl Böhm (Bohm)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Reviews: 2

Review by Daland March 14, 2005 (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This addition to the SACD catalogue is very welcome because Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 has so far been missing. Backhaus, who receives first-class orchestral support from the Vienna Philharmonic under Karl Böhm, gives a magisterial performance - forceful, romantic and expansive. Whether you prefer other readings like the famous Gilels or Richter versions is a matter of taste. The transfer to SACD has been handled very well. The piano sound is crystal-clear and presented in a natural perspective. The warm, mellow sound of the Vienna Philharmonic has been captured very beautifully. Just as this disc was a top-drawer Decca recording in its redbook format, this is one of the best stereo SACDs released so far outside the Living Stereo and MLP series. The sound of the Mozart concerto, recorded much earlier than the Brahms, is not as full-bodied and natural, but a clear improvement on the CD.

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Review by Oscar May 24, 2008 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This disc is a real treasure. Much has been written about the performances, which have the "reference" status.

Backhaus is in superb form in both works (despite his advanced age) and both readings are absolutely idiomatic, full of poetic insight and power when required. The VPO under Karl Bohm give superlative support.

The Brahms sound is very fine and detailed, whereas the Mozart (recorded adecade earlier 1955) sounds a bit boxy. Neverthjeless, a welcome addition, given the quality of the performances.

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Works: 2  

Johannes Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595