I first heard Grieg's piano concerto performed, exquisitely I might add, by Moura Lympany at the Royal Albert Hall during the summer Promenade concerts in the early 60s when I was still a teen. This was the first time I'd ever seen and heard classical piano played live. The experience was, and continues to remain, unforgettable.
Now, 50 years on, and I've finally got around to purchasing my own copy of this deliriously beautiful piano concerto. To decide who should play it, I listened to all the YouTube versions and then the fragments from the choices available on Amazon.
I have not been disappointed. Richter plays with uncanny brilliance, and as I sink into this technically perfect recording, my mind is transported back to that magical time when Ms Lympany mesmerised me and everyone else with her performance, and I can still see this remarkable woman, resplendent in evening gown, gracefully pounding away at the keyboard and bringing Grieg's music to life.
It's impossible not to fall in love with the Grieg piano concerto. Not so with the Schumann, though the friend who accompanied me to the RFH all those years ago listened to Schumann's piano concerto constantly, so he would have praised Richter's handling of it.
All in all, superb value for money, and as another reviewer has stated, one can never be disappointed with EMI Classics.