Paul Lewis' Brahms Album Is a Bit Too Sane

The flow is fine, the outbursts sound melancholy, the piano exudes a warm, full sound. Still, in this CD of works by Brahms played by the acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis, something is missing.

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Much credit is due to Julian Schwenkner, from Berlin’s Teldex Studio, for the warm, presence-fraught sound of the piano in the ballads. Even more meritorious is the work of the engineer Tobias Lehmann, for the...