This is not a premiere

This is not a premiere


norman lebrecht

January 22, 2012

We have been pestered by PRs for several days to take note of the significant world premiere of an early piece of Brahms, supposedly discovered by Christopher Hogwood and played by the pianist Andras Schiff.

Except it’s nothing of the sort.

My Brahms friends in the antiquarian and academic community have known the piece for several years and heard it performed both at a conference in Kiel and on other occasions. The full backstory can be read on Bill Ecker’s site.

Here is Schiff playing, but it’s not a premiere – whatever the BBC might say.