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VINE VOICEon 17 June 2007
I must admit I was sceptical at first when I heard that Andsnes was releasing this new CD of the Grieg and Schumann concertos. As much as I feared that this might be a run-of-the-mill performance, I found I was very well pleased with the result. Although I own the Lupu CD of these kindred souls of piano concertos (and found them perfectly balanced), I soon found that this Andsnes version runs rings around all the other versions I have heard so far. No matter what other people say, Andsnes is a superb pianist who gives well-rounded and balanced accounts of these two concertos, backed by punchy accompaniment from Jansons and the Berliners, and a sumptuous EMI recording that lacks a little in detail and clarity.

The Grieg concerto starts out with a punchy first movement, energetic and poetic, as if Andsnes and Jansons are setting sparks off at each other. Andsnes' opening flourish is firm and weighty, but he counterbalances it with a due sense of poetry in the quieter sections of the movement. The slow movement is meditative but it never drags the concerto, and Andsnes, true to his Norweigan roots, really relishes the dance-like finale. In the secondary theme of the finale he is given excellent support by the winds, especially the flautist, in evoking the Norweigan fjords that might have inspired this music. The Schumann is a beautifully renderred version, and Andsnes taps more into his poetic gifts here. One hears a continuous forward momentum in this work that I tend to find sorely lacking in other recordings. Andsnes conveys a strength and a vulnerability crucial in this piece, and the first movement really stands out. The Intermezzo ably bridges the first movement and the finale, and one can hear a joie de vivre here.

In short, I would recommend this disc to every lover of classical music and especially piano music, no matter how many other versions of these concertos you have. I think that even though I disagree with most music critics, this was well-deserving of the Rosette and the Gramophone Editor's Choice that it garnered.
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This pair of performances, well recorded in 2002, are of a musical distinction sufficient to raise this disc to the level of other fine performances now available. The performances themselves fall into the thoughtfully sensitive type of interpretation as opposed to the more 'heart on sleeve' or more overtly dramatic style. All of these views are equally valid and choice will be a matter of personal preference.

The Schumann concerto was recorded 'live' but there is no suggestion of an audience - not even with concluding applause. The Grieg was recorded in a studio a little while later and both recordings sound as if they had been recorded in the same conditions as each other.

In terms of older alternatives with the same very popular coupling, Kovacevich delivers one of the most dramatic performances of both concertos. Fleisher delivers one of the freshest pairings. These three pianists between them show the variety of interpretations that can give equal satisfaction. There are numerous other fine individual pianists to consider giving performances of distinction amongst whom one would have to mention Richter, Argerich and Brendel in the Schumann and Curzon in the Grieg. These represent just the tip on the musical iceberg.

For collectors interested in a recent pairing of these two works, this new disc certainly deserves to be considered seriously as one of the best in a very crowded field.
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on 15 May 2010
This is the best recording of the Grieg concerto I've ever heard, and I've heard quite a few. I think Andnes' interpretation of the concerto has developed since he recorded the concerto in 1989/90. If you're looking for the best Grieg a-minor, well look no further. This is it.
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on 12 December 2014
Just one of my top ten, I don't have words to describe but would highly recommend it
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on 3 December 2015
Excellent recording, good treatment of the works, thoroughly enjoyed it
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on 8 March 2015
Excellent
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on 13 January 2016
Bought as a gift. Have been told that it is wonderful.
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on 19 October 2013
Happy to have bought it beacause it is good value for money and the player is well versed in the matter.
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on 11 January 2016
Great very pleased
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on 25 June 2015
Rather disappointing recording quality. Not crisp and instruments not clearly audible.
The orchestra and piano playing are fine
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