Congratulations to the ECM team on their recording with Sir András Schiff and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Brahms’ Double Piano Concertos debuting in the Specialist Classical Chart at #1. Sir András Schiff says: “My enthusiasm for Brahms goes back to my youth, and the piano concertos are largely responsible for it.”
Schiff’s choice of instrument is a Blüthner piano built in Leipzig around 1859, the year in which the D minor concerto was premiered, allowing a completely different sound and interpretation of the two concertos.
“As you would expect from Schiff, though, the performances of both works are wonderfully rounded and mature.” – The Guardian
“If I could give this release six stars, I would.” – The Times
“These beautiful period instrument performances directed by Andras Schiff on a restored 1859 Blutner, bring a compelling freshness to Brahms’ much loved piano concertos’” – Gramophone Magazine’s Recording of the Month