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Brahms: Piano Concertos

Hélène Grimaud Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00DEFW8YY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 1. Maestoso - Poco più moderato - Hélène Grimaud, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Andris Nelsons
2. 2. Adagio - Hélène Grimaud, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Andris Nelsons
3. 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo) - Hélène Grimaud, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Andris Nelsons
Disc: 2
1. 1. Allegro non troppo - Hélène Grimaud, Wiener Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons
2. 2. Allegro appassionato - Hélène Grimaud, Wiener Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons
3. 3. Andante - Più adagio - Hélène Grimaud, Wiener Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons
4. 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco più presto - Hélène Grimaud, Wiener Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons

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Intense, romantic music-making from the world s most captivating pianist.
Thrilling, deeply personal interpretations of the dark, passionate sound-worlds of both Brahms piano concertos.
A unique, multi-faceted artist who continues to push creative boundaries, Grimaud is one of few pianists to conquer the monumental dimensions of the epic Op.83.
Recorded under studio conditions in Vienna s legendary Musikverein, the 2nd Piano Concerto marks Grimaud s debut recording with the celebrated Wiener Philharmoniker; coupled with the equally coveted Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for the 1st Concerto, Grimaud has discovered exemplary musical counterparts.
Conductor Andris Nelsons dubbed Der Wunderdirigent by the Süddeutsche Zeitung is one of today s most exciting young interpreters of Romantic repertoire.

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DGG 4791058; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Orchestrale per Piano

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pofound and fluent . 30 Nov 2013
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Should you like a dark , sonorous and flowing interpretation of The Brahms Piano concertos ,yet flashing in the dark , this is for you .
Along with the magnificent playing of Grimaud and the very superior orchestral playing conducted by Andris Nelsons ,
this is something very hard to beat . For many a year .
A great achievement by all concerned . The very best I have heard from Grimaud . Bravo !
Birgir Gudgeirsson .
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class 1 Oct 2013
By Mr. Christopher Harris VINE VOICE
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I liked Grimauld's earlier recording with Sanderling (Piano Concerto No.1, Op 15/Sanderling) and have seen her recently performing No 1 live so I was looking forward to this. I wasn't disappointed:

No 1 - A live recording but a very good one with no obvious audience noise. (I have not listened on headphones yet where audience noise is more apparent.) It has the excitement of a live performance and Grimauld is a great live performer. I think her understanding of the work has developed and this is IMO a step-up from her earlier recording. The accompliment by Nelsons with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks is excellent and very much in harmony with Grimauld. I think if you want a modern interpretation you won't go far wrong with this.

No 2 - This is a studio recording and is IMO demonstration quality. I think most would agree that this is a much more subtle piece of music and I think Grimauld understands it. This is an excellent performance by her. The Wiener Philharmoniker under Nelsons are absolutely first rate with a very lush string tone. I'm going to be playing this a lot of the next few days and weeks.

This is an easy recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Grimaud in Brahms' Piano Concertos!!! 27 Dec 2013
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I had the good fortune to see Helene Grimaud live at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh earlier this year playing Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. It was such an amazing performance that I was very interested to see what recordings she had done before or was about to do. When I looked on Amazon I found that she was in the process of recording both of Brahms' Piano Concertos in 2013 for DG and I knew I had to get them. I already had an old recording of them but thought it time to update them to a modern version, and who better then Helene Grimaud?

She recorded Piano Concerto No.1 in Munich with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons. Grimaud contributes a strong tone throughout the Concerto with good orchestral support. In the Rondo in the final movement she is in sparkling form with the Orchestra leading to a exciting climax.

The Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 was recorded by Grimaud and Nelsons in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic and this is my favourite of the two Piano Concertos. I particularly like the second movement, which Grimaud captures perfectly with glowing sensitive playing backed by the VP and its beautiful strings. In fact of the two orchestras on these Brahms recordings I would say the Vienna Philharmonic supplies a richer, stronger backing compared to the German orchestra. But it is, of course, Miss Grimaud who shines through in both concertos and also gives a very interesting and revealing interview about Brahms in the CD booklet.
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