The music that made me #5

I’m still on a Brahms kick. Today, Piano Concerto No. 2, in Bb, Op 83.

This is simply some of the most beautiful music ever created. Such passion & power!

So, okay, it’s long. But every note & every moment is so exquisite. (And I love Marc-André Hamelin’s playing. Did you notice I had his performance of the Gershwin Concerto in F posted the other day?)

Funny story: I’ve never realistically planned to perform this concerto in this particular lifetime. That’s not really my path. But I did purchase the piano part when I was post-graduate school. I got home to the piano, opened the book, played the first notes, and thought to myself, in great surprise, “Oh my gosh, it sounds just like the Brahms piano concerto!!!”

Apparently I had always believed some special magic must be invoked to create these sounds.

[The special magic required is, of course, boatloads of effective practice. And the heart of a lion.]

PS: an intermezzo for encore waits for you at the end.

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