Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Paganini Variations (2CD)

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John Lill, USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Pianist John Lill, born in London in 1944, has long been associated with the music of Beethoven and Brahms. He catapulted to international fame, however, when he was the co-winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. The Concerto No. 2 presented here is a live recording from that competition, dating from 25 June. The audience’s vociferous response at the end speaks for itself. Lill’s expertise in this repertoire stems, in part, from his studies with Wilhelm Kempff. He also studied at the Royal College of Music. Together with the Paganini Variations and the Op. 76 Piano Pieces, these represent all the recordings Lill made for Deutsche Grammophon. All receive their first CD and digital release.

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Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35
USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Klavierstücke (8), Op. 76