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VERBIER FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
ANTONIO PAPPANO conductor
NELSON FREIRE piano

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major Op. 83
Interval
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor Op. 17

“His grasp of these vast edifices is remarkable,” wrote Gramophone magazine, awarding Nelson Freire its Recording of the Year 2007 for his interpretations of Brahms’ two piano concertos. “Not just in their colossal technical demands, but in their moments of poetry where Brahms the chamber musician steps to the fore. Listen to the long-breathed unfurling of the beautiful Andante third movement of the Second … Freire’s maintaining and savouring of the exact mood is heart-stoppingly managed.” The great Brazilian pianist returns to Verbier for the first time since 2012.

When it came to Antonio Pappano’s reading of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2, Gramophone declared: “Pappano is revelatory. It is rare indeed to hear the Second Symphony executed with such clarity and with such a faithful, balanced spectrum of instrumental colour, but the performance goes much further than that. Pappano has passion, too, and he knows when to unleash it and when to keep it quietly in reserve.”

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