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5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful combination!,
Zimerman, Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic - who could ask for more!?
Zimerman is my favourite pianist; I just love his interpretations! Karajan is also my favourite conductor and also a sensitive accompanist. His early years were spent conducting orchestras in accompanying opera singers, so he developed a sixth sense that told him what soloists required. Due to his lengthy (34 year) relationship with the BPO, he was able to control his orchestra to meet these requirements. This results in a delicately balanced performance, where both the orchestra and soloist hold their own, without ever swamping eachother.
These concertos have been recorded many times by various great pianists and orchestras; I have 3 versions of the Grieg, but this is my favourite by far.
Also try the Chopin Piano Concertos by Zimerman Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2 Both CDs highly recommended.
In view of the dearth of comments on the UK site, here's a selection of comments from Amazon's USA site:
Powerful!, May 2008
This recording truly encompasses dynamic range to the extreme. Here we are presented with 4 astonishing elements: one of the greatest conductors to ever lift a baton; one of the greatest pianists to grace a keyboard (and at quite a young age, too); a famed orchestra that has been one of the world's leading orchestras for over 100 years; and a wonderful instrument on which these masterpieces are skilfully played.
The pianissimos are graceful and articulate while the fortissimos are grand and full. The technique of Zimerman is flawless and pairs well with his masterful musicianship and expression. Karajan brings soloist and orchestra together in a perfect combination of elements to create a well-rounded recording of two of the supreme concerti for piano in the keyboard repertoire. This is definitely a must for fans of the Grieg Concerto, so don't hesitate in purchasing this recording!
Excellent performances by a great pianist.
Krystian Zimerman is one of the greatest pianist of the modern era. His technique is excellent, but it is the superb artistry of his performances which makes him one of the half dozen or so greatest pianists currently performing. Furthermore, Zimerman is quite selective in what he performs and records. He limits his repertoire to music which he personally likes and with which he feels empathy, rather than recording whatever the public wants to buy.
Lively, with a very full sound,
.....played by one the worlds best orchestras with on of the best piano players of recent times. This is very well recorded, with the BPO at their best producing a very full sound. Zimmerman plays with great feeling and panache.
Fresh, invigorating performance
I'm familiar with Anda's, Richter's, Rubinstein's and many others (I can't remember them all) performance of the concerto. All of them were great, but none of them piqued my attention like Zimerman's. His style is the perfect balance of refined elegance and virtuosity for me.
Virtuosity yet with so much feeling
I compared almost 30 interpretations of the Schumann piano concerto and ended up with 3 : Abbado/Pires, Karajan/Zimerman and a surprising one : "Robert Schumann: Meisterwerke Zum Kennenlernen" with the czech pianist Marian Lapsansky.
The best recording of these two concertos
This coupling of these two showpieces is by far the best I've heard. It makes Murray Perahia sound anemic,....
Great Music, Great Performances
A thrilling recording proving again what a stunning virtuoso Zimerman is...... astounding in his ability to find new rhythmic accents which lend unexpected freshness that are exciting but still respect the composer's intentions.
Don't pass this up - a must for any collector of the romantic piano concerto. They will sound brand new to you, no matter how many recordings you already have of these timeless masterpiece.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD,
Arrived in advertised timescale, and packaging was good. Great price and quality. The performance was just fine. No hesitation recommending.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grieg & Schumann Piano cincertos,
A very good disc. First class artistes and orchestra. Arrived sooner than expected and in good time for Christmas. Thanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Greig's only Piano Concerto,
Great sound quality and can be ripped to iTunes/ WMP if you want to listen to it on the way to work. Greig was an instant hit for me, Schumann has yet to make it to 5 stars on my library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive.,
Definitive recording of two of my favourite piano concertos.
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