Brahms’s masterful synthesis of these disparate elements: his inventive rhythmic drive and happy fusion of poetry and sound workmanship are strikingly evidenced in the concerti. Although he wrote only four – two for piano, one for violin, and one double concerto for violin and cello – they have all become absolute staples of the concert repertoire. Because they are for different instruments, however, they have rarely been available together in one convenient volume – until now. This Dover edition reproduces all four concerti directly from Breitkopf and Härtel’s definitive Sämtliche Werke, Volumes 5 and 5, c. 1920-27. The original editor’s commentary by Hans Gal is included both in German and in English.
The four concerti are Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15; Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83; Violin Concerto, Op. 77; and Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102.