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Classics Explained: Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2

An exploration of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 narrated by Jeremy Siepman

Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

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Contents

Brahms: An Introduction to … BRAHMS

1:44:44
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Introduction; opening horn call and piano's answer

1:50
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Rising three-note scalewise pattern

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Quicker, descending six-note 'answer'

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Second, answering phrase

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First Main Theme completed by orchestra

0:50
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Peace shattered as piano bursts back in like a tiger

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Variant of opening horn call in bass

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Orchestra returns; beginning of Exposition proper

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Big, 'singing' theme in orchestra; piano 'forgotten'

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Call to arms by strings; marshalling of orchestral forces

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Piano re-enters fry with massive expansion of opening figure

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Piano 'explores' two main facets of opening theme

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Transition. sense of key weakened. Piano and orchestra come together

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Piano and orchestra 'argue' over speed of thematic three-note rise

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Piano and orchestra in friendly dialogue before piano falls away

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'Winged' harmonic shadow of pure pianistic tone-colour

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New 'transitional' theme from orchestra developed by piano

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After indecision and discussion, the mood suddenly turns playful

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Reminder of Second Main Theme in its original form

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Ttransfomation of Second Main Theme by piano

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Piano hijacks orchestra's 'call to arms'

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Piano and orchestra, now allies, explore theme, but with piano leading

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Dramatic eruption of orchestra leads to the Development section

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Pianistic 'tiger' replaced by gentle reflective, soft-spoken poet

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Transformed 'tiger' theme amicably shared by piano and orchestra

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An apparently new theme - but Battlle Hymn of the Republic?

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Brief, downward-driving section prepares for the Recapitulation

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On the threshold of the Recapitulation

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Recapitulation: The Magical Return

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From Gate-crashing Tiger to Celestial Tenderness - and a surprise

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And unexpected and portentus change of mood, suggesting tragedy

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Summation

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First Movement (Complete)

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Second Movement: The upward-driving opening gambit, piano alone

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Downward-driving answer from lower strings

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Theme vs Melody

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Eerie, unharmonised, 'white' sound of Second Theme

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Second Theme taken up and developed by piano

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Expectation and surprise; harmonic fluidity and intensifying drama

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Return (and transformation) of Theme Two

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Theme One returns in orchestra; Theme Three emerges in major mode

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Sequence of fragmentary episodes begins with unexpected fanfare

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Variant of Theme Three in piano

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Rescored variant of 'fanfare' theme; from grandeur to solemnity

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Rhapsodic variant of fanfare, this time for piano alone

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Recapitulation of opening, with piano and orchestra reversing roles

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Theme Two transformed by new instrumentation

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Cue and Second Movement (Complete)

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Introduction, cue and First Main Theme

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Theme One taken up by strings and solo oboe; piano's entry

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Complex variant of Theme One with very different speed and rhythm

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Orchestra and piano in mixed variants of Theme One, now intensified

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Theme Two, hushed and 'tuneless', with piano, clarinets and strings

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Oboe Theme returns, now delicately embroidered by the piano

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Cue and Third Movement (Complete)

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Finale: Introduction, cue and Main Theme

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Violins take up tune, with winds and piano accompanying

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Piano introduces Part 2 of the main theme

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Part 3 of the theme, led by piano, in 'fiercely' self-confident mood

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First Episode, Part 1

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First Episode, Part 2

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Piano hands theme over to clarinets and bassoons

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First Episode, Part 3, in piano, first; then flutes and oboes

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Strings and flutes take theme, with bubbling commentary from piano

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Tipsy dancers (piano and winds) return, tiring; strings take over

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In the central Episode, the orchestra throws down a dramatic challenge

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... to which the piano duly responds with a stormy outburst

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Piano kick-starts run-up to final section in a variant of the main theme

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Orchestra sets off on jaunty march, later joined by the piano

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Piano propels orchestra into final section

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Summation and cue to the movement as a whole

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Finale (Complete)

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