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Grieg & Schumann : Piano Concertos [CD]

Grieg/Schumann Audio CD
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  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
  • Audio CD (3 Feb 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000083LQV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Allegro molto moderato
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
4. Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo 1 - Cadenza - Allegro molto
5. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
6. Allegro vivace
7. Papillons Op. 2 (2003 Digital Remaster)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recordings Indeed!! 27 Nov 2008
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There are five recordings of Grieg conceto by Richter as far as I know, and I've never come across more intensely beautiful and gripping performance than Richter's accounts for 30 years of CD huntung. This one is certainly the best recorded performance and one of the great recordings among the five, with the dazzling rendition of 1st and 3rd movement and the awe-inspiringly sublime slow movement.

Schumann's concerto is also outstanding, finely sculpted and wonderfully delicate. Definitely a must buy for anyone after serious pianism!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit marmoreal? 27 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
Not much charm here -- a big-boned account, made more assertive by the upfront recording of the piano. The orchestra in the background sounds a bit scrawny. The single star from the reviewer on American is a bit harsh, for nothing is unclear in this recording, and some of the problems lie with the balance rather than the pianist, but he's right that you can do better with other accounts -- Perahia with Davis, Kovacevich also with Davis -- but Richter, one has to believe, is seeing something in playing as he does here, and it's interesting to think what that might be. There is certainly nothing tentative about the playing! Perhaps in seeking to strip away the charm that keeps these two concertos popular, Richter feels that the solid structural principles, hitherto unappreciated, will be revealed? But it's not clear to me that other pianists have not been alive to the shape and integrity of these pieces. Ah well . . . at least it didn't bore me, but I can't say that anything was revealed that one didn't already see. Even the booklet notes focus on Richter's unpredictability! So Great Recording of the Century . . . maybe not. And I'm a Richter admirer.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 20 July 2010
By David M
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I know very little about conductors and orchestras, so when it comes to choosing classical music I take care to read reviews and try to identify good recordings. This is a great version which I have played a lot since purchase ... but then I've never been disappointed with EMI classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value for money 15 Mar 2013
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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.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Grieg Piano concerto production 13 Feb 2013
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The Grieg Piano Concerto suffers from unnecessary variation in volume which quite spoils the performance. The quality of the recording is also in question.
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