New Releases: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Lars Vogt; Strauss & Rimsky-Korsakov – London Philharmonic Orchestra

14 April 2020, 10:00 | Updated: 14 April 2020, 10:01

Piano Concerto No. 2 – Lars Vogt; Strauss & Rimsky-Korsakov – London Philharmonic Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 2 – Lars Vogt; Strauss & Rimsky-Korsakov – London Philharmonic Orchestra. Picture: Ondine / LPO

By Sian Hamer

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week: ‘Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Handel Variations’ by Lars Vogt and ‘Strauss: Symphonia Domestica & Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade’ by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Handel Variations
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Handel Variations. Picture: Ondine

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Handel Variations – Lars Vogt

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Pianist Lars Vogt releases the second instalment in his Brahms concerto series: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Handel Variations.

Vogt is joined by the Northern Sinfonia for the album of rich recordings, which includes Brahms’ second Piano Concerto and Handel Variations Op. 24.

Lars Vogt is a German pianist and conductor, who won the second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.

Since then, he has performed with some the world’s great orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic and many more.

The pianist was also the the Music Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia for five years, leaving the position at the end of the 2019/20 season.

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Strauss: Symphonia Domestica & Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Strauss: Symphonia Domestica & Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade. Picture: LPO

Strauss: Symphonia Domestica & Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade – London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Under the baton of Zubin Mehta, the London Philharmonic Orchestra releases an album filled with the captivating music of Strauss and Rimsky-Korsakov.

The scale of the orchestra is showcased across nine recordings, with incredible performances of Strauss’s Symphonia Domestica and Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

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The pieces on the album were recorded live in concert, each highlighting the relationship between the conductor and orchestra – a relationship which has spanned more than 30 years.