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Performances of distinction to join the best of the rest,
This review is from: Grieg & Schumann: Piano Concertos (Audio CD)
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.