Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Elisha Abas (piano)
National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Yoel Gamzou
Elisha Abas, the great-grandson of Alexander Scriabin, is emerging as one of the most original and daring pianists of his generation. His individualistic approach to Brahms‘ First Piano Concerto eschews convention for a musical experience influenced and informed by the pianism of a century ago, the height of Romantic virtuoso interpretation personified by Friedman, Hofmann and Godowsky. Accompanied by rising podium star Yoel Gamzou and the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in the first appearance of a Cuban classical ensemble on an American label in six decades, Abas’s recording sheds new persective on a warhorse of the concerto repertoire.