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Valery Gergiev is internationally recognized as one of the most outstanding musical figures of his generation. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he oversees the Kirov Orchestra, Ballet and Opera, has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Together with the ... Read more in Amazon's Gergiev Store

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  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
  • Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Edvard Grieg, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004U5BH
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  1. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 1. Allegro molto moderatoJean-Yves Thibaudet12:34£1.49  Buy MP3 
  2. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 2. AdagioJean-Yves Thibaudet 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestosoJean-Yves Thibaudet10:28£1.49  Buy MP3 
  4. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 1. MaestosoJean-Yves Thibaudet14:37£1.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 2. LarghettoValery Gergiev 9:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 - 3. Allegro vivaceJean-Yves Thibaudet 8:17£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The Grieg piano concerto is one of those works that is hindered by its own popularity. It has been a constant feature of concert life for so long that it is sometimes dismissed as an old warhorse, making it difficult to approach it with fresh ears. Yet that is what Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Valery Gergiev have managed to do here, to judge from the results. From the very opening chord, which somehow gives an almost Hollywood feel to the famous descending piano passage that starts the work, there is a sense of discovery that you don't expect to find in such a well-known piece. The dramatic bluster is all there. But so is some very delicate playing from both soloist and orchestra. Chopin's second piano concerto (the first to be written but the second to be published) is no stranger to our concert platforms, either, and again we get a fresh unhackneyed reading. As with the Grieg, Thibaudet's entrance is dramatic, and both soloist and conductor seem to take pleasure in bringing out the romanticism. If you have any doubts, try the deliciously lyrical Larghetto movement and they will be instantly dispelled. --Keith Clarke

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By France Martin on 6 July 2015
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Fresh, Vibrant Playing Of Grieg's and Chopin's Scores 18 Oct. 2001
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Thibaudet gives polished, dramatic performances of Grieg's and Chopin's Second Piano Concertos. These are crisp, novel interpretations in which Thibaudet plays with ample warmth and brilliance. Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic yield warm, passionate performances which underscore Thibaudet's dramatic playing. This young French pianist's playing sounds as elegant as any I have heard from the likes of Brendel or Kovacevich, without missing any of the scores' dramatic tension. Clearly this is a fine coupling of both familiar piano concertos that is definitely worth owning.
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Romantic Piano Music 23 April 2002
By D. Seymour - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the most famous opening lines in all music, graceful, arching melodies and full-bodied romantic sentiment throughout. This is Grieg's Piano Concerto in a nutshell. Thibaudet, Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic do a fantastic job of capturing the energy and pleasure of this score. The sound quality is superb. The piano shines but never is out of balance with the orchestra. Gergiev should get a special mention for his orchestral support, lilting and effectual. Gried has probably never sounded better - both sensitive and when necessary, passionate. The Chopin Piano Concerto does not have the same visceral melodic thrills as does the Grieg, but it is extremely pleasant going down. Chopin provides the polished piano technique that Grieg does not - however his orchestral colors are a little stiff. Overall though, this is an well programmed disc with outstanding performances and sound quality to boot.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thibaudet and Gergiev 12 April 2007
By Kelly L. Norman - Published on Amazon.com
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These two concerti provide an interesting manner in which to hear one of Europe's greatest orchestras, and its colorful director. Behind Thibaudet's playing, which is melodic and and commanding in the Grieg, lyrical and playful in the Chopin, one can sense a wild animal striving to step gracefully beside its trainer instead of pounce as it is wont. The Chopin especially seems to bring out a tamer side of both orchestra and conductor, although I prefer the Grieg for its arresting chords from the soloist himself, and the crescendoes so beautifully done at the finale of the A Minor. Bravo, Maestro and M. Thibaudet!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Grieg and Chopin played with such tenderness and insight! 23 July 2008
By Tineke Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
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I listen to the Classical Music Station in Northern California, KDFC at 102.1 and had heard many recordings by Jean-Yves Thibeaudet, but I did not have a CD by him myself. I chose the 2 concertos by Grieg and Chopin, war horses so to speak, conducted by Valerie Girgiev, it could not get any better. I thought the piano came through as thoughtful and sensitive, just as I had expected. A short while later I heard Jean-Yves in person, and I was totally impressed by his virtuosity and impeccable art. Tineke Goldberg, Napa, CA
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A fun listen, glamorous and self-indulgent 31 Jan. 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Thibaudet has made recordings of move music, and this might as well be one. The Grieg is played for gloss and ardor, a perfect background for the romantic climax of a luscious Angelina Jolie film. Expect lots of self-conscious pushing and ulling from both Thibaudet and Gergiev, and yet in the end, given what a tired old thing the Grieg concerto is, this glamorizing works. It turns the piece into fun again. I had a much better time listening to this version, particularly because of the stupendous sound, than "serious" versions by Andsnes, Fleisher, etc. A solid four stars for this performance.

The Chopin Second Concerto is much weaker than the First, which was composed later despite their numbering. Other than being genericlly romantic, it shares little with the Grieg, but Thibaudet plays both works more or less the same, with a delicate, pointed Gallic touch. Gergiev, who throws himself into the Grieg, seems like a fish out of water here, I'm sorry to say, providing a clean but routine accompaniment (not that Chopin gives him that much to work with). I had little fun here, and Thibaudet, for all his French credentials, plays with decidedly less finesse and sparkle than AArgerich, Zimerman, and half a dozen others. A lackluster three stars for the Chopin.
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