Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 is a masterpiece from his mature period, distinguished by a solid sense of style and gorgeous harmonic structure in taxing the soloist’s technical prowess. An exemplar of late-romantic pianism, it remains a touchstone for musicians at the highest level of accomplishment. Brahms’s Piano Quartet No.1 belongs to his early period, having undergone much careful revision. Schoenberg’s orchestral version of this Quartet, however, is a perfect melding of two centuries, also shedding light on the later career of the older composer.
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.83
Johannes Brahms (arr. Arnold Schoenberg)
Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op.25
Long Yu, conductor
Haochen Zhang, piano