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Hélène Grimaud: The Piano Collection [Box set]

Sergei Rachmaninov , Maurice Ravel , Frédéric Chopin , Robert Schumann , Franz Liszt , et al. Audio CD

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Rachmaninov : Concerto n°2, Sonate n°2, Etudes-Tableaux, Préludes - Ravel : Concerto en sol - Chopin : Ballade n°1 - Schumann : Sonate n°1 - Kreisleriana - Liszt : Sonate Dante - Brahms : Sonates n°2 & 3, Klavierstücke op.118 / Royal Philharmonic Orch., dir. Jesús Lopez-Cobos

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Music - Great Value 31 July 2004
By David Enzel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This box set consists of 5 CDs of Helene Grimaud's beautiful piano playing. These CDs were originally released by Denon which has a great reputation for audio quality. Grimaud plays Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto 2, Piano Sonata No.2 and others), Ravel (Piano Concerto in G major), Chopin (Ballade No. 1), Schumann (Piano Sonata No. 1 and Kreilserana), Liszt (Apres une lecture de Dante), Brahms (Piano Sonata Nos. 2 and 3 and Klavierstucke Op. 118).

A lot of great music beautifully played and recorded without breaking the bank.

Highly recommended.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just exceptional piano playing for a teen-ager - exceptional piano playing, period. 2 Dec 2006
By Discophage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant Classics, a cheapo-cheapo label based in the Netherlands, has licensed from Denon the five recordings which launched Helene Grimaud's career, and marketed them at a price which makes them a steal. Miss Grimaud was 15 when she recorded the first of these five, the Rachmaninoff collection, in 1985, comprising his second piano sonata (in Horowitz' abridged edition) and a selection of Etude-Tableaux, plus two Preludes. She went on with Schumann (1st piano sonata in 1987, Kreisleriana in '88), Chopin (1st Ballade) and Liszt (Dante Sonata - both in '87), Brahms (second piano sonata in '88 followed by third piano sonata and Klavierstücke opus 118 in '91), and it was all topped-off, in 1992, by the concerto recordings: Ravel's G major and Rachmaninoff's 2nd, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted bu Jesus Lopez-Cobos. She then moved own to Erato, and now DG - and that was it for Denon.

So these discs span the 7 first years of her recording career, and it is not easy stuff that she tackled either. These are among the most daunting compositions of the piano repertoire, not only technically but also musically.

It would be unfair to Miss Grimaud to say that these are astounding recordings for a 15-to-22 year-old girl. These are astounding recordings, period. Throughout she displays unflinching muscularity, gripping rhythmic bite, magnificent control of the long line and the succession of variegated moods, from drama to lyricism, and admirable attention to the inside voicing and complexities of contrapuntal writing. All these recordings are not just fine visiting cards for a fledgling pianist - they are equal to the best. Brilliant as reissued the Denon discs as they were originally, short timings and all - the Rachmaninoff is 44 minutes long and the longest of the five is under the hour - but given the price and the excellence of piano playing it is still a bargain.

Miss Grimaud is now in the public's eye almost more for her infatuation with wolves than for her pianistic skills - and the Brilliant release surfs on the wave, albeit with some discretion, by the choice of its cover art. But judging from these recordings, one suspects that this kind of claptrap is almost detrimental to her cause. The wolf hype would easily lead you to think that some wise-axxed PR was trying to make up by that tacky attention-catcher for what her mere pianism was unable to achieve. Not so. Miss Grimaud's pianistic and musical gifts can amply stand on their own. Let the wolves howl, and hats off to the pianist.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Admirable, Distinguished Collection Of Helene Grimaud's Earliest Recordings 25 May 2007
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is truly a magnificient box set which demonstrates the early artistry of one of our finest contemporary pianists, the celebrated French pianist Helene Grimaud. It's an amazing collection not only because it was recorded when Grimaud was in her teens and early twenties when she was contracted to Denon, but more importantly, it demonstrates just how accomplished a musician she was at the start of a brilliant career. Her excellent playing of these works, especially of the Schumann and Brahms pieces, can hold their own against legendary competition from the likes of Claudio Arrau, Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia, to name but a few of the most noteworthy interpreters - past and present - of these scores. However, I think the real gems are her spellbinding, exquisite performances of the Rachmaninov piano concerto and solo pieces, which I find as admirable as those I've heard from Vladimir Ashkenazy and Zoltan Kocsis, to name but a few. Those unfamiliar with the earliest phase of Helene Grimaud's distinguished career as a celebrated solo pianist will find this box set most rewarding.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Label, Brilliant Artiste! 14 Feb 2008
By F. Sng - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Helene Grimaud, known for her evocative and highly musical pianism, recorded these works for Denon during the mid 80s to early 90s, when she was still in her late teens through her early 20s. But such is not a barrier to music making, for her musical artistry is one with maturity and thought.

Particularly impressive was Chopin Ballade No.1. Through her technical wizardry, Grimaud executed the well-known ballade with exquisite charm, like a polished gem. Her presto con fuoco is one to behold, driving the piece to its climatic conclusion and leaving the listener almost breathless by the end of it.

Other works in this brilliant (no pun intended) set includes Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 and Sonata No.2, Ravel Piano Concerto, a selection of Brahms piano pieces, many of which has been re-recorded with Erato label in the mid 90s.

If you are a big fan of Grimaud, hesitate no further.
4.0 out of 5 stars A real talent 29 May 2013
By Steven L. Bashwiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
She's a real talent, someone I just discovered and love listening to. I particularly love the Rachmaninoff 2nd and the Chopin.
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