BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 / Pollini, Thielemann 4792384

. . . [the] unity of purpose makes this concerto hold together extremely well, and the pianist interacts with the ensemble as much as he stands apart as soloist, so there is a conscious attempt to show how Brahms wove the piano into his textures and integrated all the parts as an organic whole. Yet Pollini's thoughtful and controlled playing is always clearly audible, and Thielemann gives him considerable freedom to use rubato and set the pace where it enhances the expression. Overall, the sound of the recording is rich and full . . .

The orchestral playing is generally fantastic -- the ever-dependable Thielemann, who has already proved himself a first-rate Brahmsian, coaxes a wonderful sound -- while Pollini is [charismatic and forceful and never less than intelligent] . . . A distinguished addition to Pollini's discography . . .