|Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky||Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor Op.23.|
|Johannes Brahms||Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major Op.83.|
|Piano Concerto No1 In B Flat Minor Op23.||Géza Anda (Piano).
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Sir Georg Solti .
|Piano Concerto No2 In B Flat Major Op83.||Géza Anda (Piano).
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Otto Klemperer.
|Hungarian-born Géza Anda (1921–1976) was described by the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler as ‘a troubadour of the piano’ whose early death robbed the world of one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. This spine-tingling account of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 has never been issued before. It is a ‘live’ studio recording from 1958 with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra accompanied by Georg Solti, a fellow Hungarian, and the performance generates enormous electricity between the two artists. The live recording from 1954 of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 conducted by Otto Klemperer has been newly remastered and is released for the first time on CD. The live recording from 1954 of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 conducted by Otto Klemperer has been issued before but it has been newly remastered for this release. It qualifies for a re-release on the basis that it is one the most recommendable versions of the work and should never be out of the catalogue.
Recorded: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 2 June 1958 (Tchaikovsky); 5 April 1954 (Brahms-New Remastering)