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Sparkling Grimaud in Brahms' Piano Concertos!!!,
This review is from: Brahms: Piano Concertos (Audio CD)
I had the good fortune to see Helene Grimaud live at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh earlier this year playing Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. It was such an amazing performance that I was very interested to see what recordings she had done before or was about to do. When I looked on Amazon I found that she was in the process of recording both of Brahms' Piano Concertos in 2013 for DG and I knew I had to get them. I already had an old recording of them but thought it time to update them to a modern version, and who better then Helene Grimaud?
She recorded Piano Concerto No.1 in Munich with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons. Grimaud contributes a strong tone throughout the Concerto with good orchestral support. In the Rondo in the final movement she is in sparkling form with the Orchestra leading to a exciting climax.
The Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 was recorded by Grimaud and Nelsons in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic and this is my favourite of the two Piano Concertos. I particularly like the second movement, which Grimaud captures perfectly with glowing sensitive playing backed by the VP and its beautiful strings. In fact of the two orchestras on these Brahms recordings I would say the Vienna Philharmonic supplies a richer, stronger backing compared to the German orchestra. But it is, of course, Miss Grimaud who shines through in both concertos and also gives a very interesting and revealing interview about Brahms in the CD booklet.