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4.0 out of 5 stars Warner compliation of Grimaud's Erato/Teldec recodings, 10 July 2010
Mr. Mark A. Meldon (Somerset UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hélène Grimaud plays Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin and others (Audio CD)
This inexpensive Warner box set is well-worth buying if you want a representative collection of Helene Grimaud's earlier recordings; they are nearly all excellent.

CD1 comes from 1995 and features Schumann's Piano Concerto and Strauss' Burleske. The orchestra is the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by David Zinman. This was originally an Erato disc Schumann - Piano Concerto etc.

CD2 comes from 1995 and features Brahms' Op.116-119 piano works. This was also an Erato release Brahms: Piano Pieces, featuring a striking photograph of Grimaud that has been re-used for this box set. Maybe the weakest CD in the set, you might be better off with a pianist like Rosel Piano Works (Rosel) for these works; Grimaud is certainly worth hearing though.

CD3 comes from 1997 and features the piano concertos of Gershwin and Ravel with David Zinman conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Gershwin has been decribed as "grandly classical" and "the best performance of the Gershwin concerto we are ever likely to hear". Another hated it by calling it "a depressingly eat your vegetables interpretation"; I think its pretty good. The Ravel is fine. Another Erato release, Ravel/Gershwin - Piano Concertos, this one.

CD4 comes from 1997 and has the Brahms Piano Concerto 1 with the Staatskapelle Berlin under that great conductor, Kurt Sanderling. This is a live recording, and was released by Erato Brahms - Piano Concerto 1. A very good reading.

CD5 comes from 1999 and has a live performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto 4, plus Sonatas 30 and 31. This is an inspired reading of the concerto, beautifully recorded. This was released by Teldec Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.4; Piano Sonatas Op.109 & 110.

Finally, CD6 comes from 2000/2001 and features the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Etudes Tableaux Op.33, and the Corelli Variations Op.42. A terrific Teldec release Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2; Solo Piano Works.

This Warner box is a great way of picking up some excellent recordings of these well-known works, played by one of our most brilliant young pianists in superb sound at far less cost then the original CD releases. Good, brief, booklet notes.
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