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Piano Concerto No. 1, 16 Waltzes

Emmanuel Despax

Piano Concerto No. 1, 16 Waltzes

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Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212066621
Catnr: SIGCD 666
Release date: 02 July 2021
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212066621
Catalogue number
SIGCD 666
Release date
02 July 2021
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About the album

Following the acclaimed Bach recording ‘Spira, Spera’ in early 2021, Emmanuel Despax releases a recording of his most treasured piano concerto alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Litton. The concerto is paired with the 16 Waltzes (op.39) for piano four-hands, performed here with his wife and fellow pianist, Miho Kawashima.

“Recording Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is a childhood dream of mine, and it was wonderful to play it with such outstanding musicians. I have grown up with it, obsessively listening to all the recordings I could find for months on end, and it is hard to describe what this piece represents to me ... I wanted to pair the concerto with the exquisite Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 for piano four hands, and show a more intimate side of Brahms. Each one is a different shade, a different mood, like daily entries in one’s personal diary. It was very special for me to be joined by my wife Miho Kawashima to record these charming and delightful pieces.” Emmanuel Despax

Artist(s)

Emmanuel Despax (piano)

Emmanuel Despax has gained international recognition as an artist, whose interpretations bring a rare sincerity and imagination to the music. A remarkable performer of romantic and post-romantic music, he has been invited to give recital performances in the UK (Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Chipping Campden and Petworth Festivals, and the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, where he was appointed artistic director in 2020 of a complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle); in France (Louvre Auditorium, Salle Cort ot, Salle Gaveau, International Festival Les Nuits Pianistiques in Aix-en-Provence, L’été Musical au Poujoula, and Les Nuits du Château de la Moutte in Saint-Tropez); Benelux (Amsterdam, The Hague and the Palais des Beaux -Arts in Brussels); Cyprus (Pharos Arts Foundation); Italy (Fazioli auditorium); and in...
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Emmanuel Despax has gained international recognition as an artist, whose interpretations bring a rare sincerity and imagination to the music.
A remarkable performer of romantic and post-romantic music, he has been invited to give recital performances in the UK (Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Chipping Campden and Petworth Festivals, and the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, where he was appointed artistic director in 2020 of a complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle); in France (Louvre Auditorium, Salle Cort ot, Salle Gaveau, International Festival Les Nuits Pianistiques in Aix-en-Provence, L’été Musical au Poujoula, and Les Nuits du Château de la Moutte in Saint-Tropez); Benelux (Amsterdam, The Hague and the Palais des Beaux -Arts in Brussels); Cyprus (Pharos Arts Foundation); Italy (Fazioli auditorium); and in South America.
Past engagements include two tours of New Zealand, hailed by critics for his recitals in the prestigious Fazioli International Piano Series in Auckland and concerto performances with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. In the UK, Emmanuel Despax has also played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, among others. He is also regularly broadcast on Medici TV, France Musique, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. His work as a talented broadcaster has included presenting a probing and approachable edition of BBC Radio 3’s Inside Music, and he is already amassing an impressive, critically acclaimed discography.
In addition to his recording of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton, prior releases include ‘Spira, Spera’ (Bach transcriptions) which was awarded Critics’ Choice in International Piano (“Despax is awe-inspiring in his combination of virtuosity and intellectual grasp”). His concerto debut featured Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 and Stephen Goss Piano Concerto and his collection of Chopin preludes was Classic FM’s “Album of the Week” and awarded five stars in Diapason. Despax also released a piano fantasy based on the themes of The Sound of Music in celebration of the musical’s 60th anniversary.
His latest album, chamber arrangements of Chopin’s piano concerti with the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble, which was chosen as ‘Album of the Week’ by Classic FM and The Times: “[The result] is entrancing, with piano and string quintet intimately interweaving...Despax’s opening statement arrives like a blast of dynamite. Though he sinks happily into meltingly lovely reverie when Chopin’s intentions allow, he’s driven mostly by dark energy and muscular strength. In doing so, Despax reveals to us the music of a 20-year- old already stretching beyond decorative brilliance towards the powerful expression of contradictory, sometimes troubling emotions.” Born in Paris and now based in London, Emmanuel Despax started playing the piano in Aix -en-Provence before joining the Yehudi Menuhin School, then the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Ruth Nye, one of Claudio Arrau’s star students. He won numerous awards during his studies (Chappell Medal, Tagore Gold Medal) and benefited from the advice of Nikolai Demidenko, Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Dominique Merlet, Mstislav Rostropovich, Murray Perahia and András Schiff.

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BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It performs an exciting, distinctive and wide-ranging season of concerts at the Barbican in its role as Associate Orchestra, offering everything from works at the heart of classical music to world premieres from today’s finest composers. It also provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts in the festival each year. Central to the orchestra’s life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3 at its Maida Vale home, some of which are free for the public to attend and the BBC SO also performs throughout the world. The vast majority of concerts are broadcast on...
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The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It performs an exciting, distinctive and wide-ranging season of concerts at the Barbican in its role as Associate Orchestra, offering everything from works at the heart of classical music to world premieres from today’s finest composers. It also provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts in the festival each year.
Central to the orchestra’s life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3 at its Maida Vale home, some of which are free for the public to attend and the BBC SO also performs throughout the world. The vast majority of concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, streamed online and available for 30 days after broadcast via BBC iPlayer.
In a few years, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will move to a new home in Stratford in East London. Currently, the move is planned for 2022/2023.

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Andrew Litton (conductor)

In 2003 Andrew Litton became the first American principal conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the successful partnership was confirmed as his tenure was renewed in 2005 and he was made music director. During his time in Bergen Litton has taken the orchestra on tour both in Norway and abroad, including appearances in 2007 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall (the BBC Proms) in London and a 12-concert tour of the United States including Carnegie Hall, New York. Litton and the Bergen Phil- harmonic Orchestra also participated in the creation of a new Norwegian opera company, Den Nye Opera, and in 2006 performed Tosca as its opening produc- tion. The same year Andrew Litton stepped down as...
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In 2003 Andrew Litton became the first American principal conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the successful partnership was confirmed as his tenure was renewed in 2005 and he was made music director. During his time in Bergen Litton has taken the orchestra on tour both in Norway and abroad, including appearances in 2007 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall (the BBC Proms) in London and a 12-concert tour of the United States including Carnegie Hall, New York. Litton and the Bergen Phil- harmonic Orchestra also participated in the creation of a new Norwegian opera company, Den Nye Opera, and in 2006 performed Tosca as its opening produc- tion. The same year Andrew Litton stepped down as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra after twelve highly successful seasons. He remains conductor laureate of Britain’s Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, whose principal conductor he was between 1988 and 2004. He appears regularly with major orchestras and opera companies around the world, performing at pres- tigious venues and festivals such as Deutsche Oper Berlin and the BBC Proms. Andrew Litton is also a frequent guest at the Minnesota Orchestra, of whose summer festival, the Sommerfest, he has been artistic director since 2003.


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Composer(s)

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the 'Three Bs' of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.   Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become...
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Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.
Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.
Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Within his meticulous structures is embedded, however, a highly romantic nature.

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01.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15: I. Maestoso
24:27
(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15: II. Adagio
14:26
(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15: III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, BBC Symphony Orchestra
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 1 in B Major
00:49
(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 2 in E Major
01:15
(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 3 in G-Sharp Minor
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 4 in E Minor
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 5 in E Major
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 6 in C-Sharp Major
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 8 in B-Flat Major
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 9 in D Minor
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 10 in G Major
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 11 in B Minor
01:30
(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 12 in E Major
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 13 in C Major
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 14 in A Minor
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 15 in A Major
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 16 in D Minor
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(Johannes Brahms) Emmanuel Despax, Miho Kawashima
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