Brahms Piano Concertos (2-CD)
5th May 2017
CD HLD 7546
Sir Mark Elder
Sunwook Kim, piano
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor, OP.15
1. I Maestoso
2. II Adagio
3. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat Major, OP.83
1. I Allegro non troppo
2. II Allegro appassionato
3. III Andante (featuring Nicolas Trygstad, cello)
4. IV Allegretto grazioso
Hallé and Sir Mark Elder are reunited with Sunwook Kim in these long awaited studio recordings of repertoire with which he won the Leeds Piano Competition.
London-based Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. His performance of Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with Hallé and Sir Mark Elder in the competition’s finals attracted unanimous praise from the press.
Since then, Kim has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and in major recital venues in London, across Europe and in Japan. Sunwook Kim has also enjoyed an ongoing relationship with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, performing in a variety of repertoire across a number of seasons.
Here, they return to Brahms’ two masterworks; pieces which were separated by two decades and which display very differing musical and emotional outlooks, from the more ardent First to the more rhapsodic Second.
‘[Sunwook Kim] was a poetic soloist in a daringly expansive, lyrical account of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 2.’
Review from Hallé/Elder in concert September 2012