8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful version of the Brahms concerto,
By A Customer
This review is from: Piano Concerto No.1, Op 15/Sanderling (Audio CD)
The 30-year old French pianist Helene Grimaud and the more than 90-year old veteran conductor Kurt Sanderling join forces on this wonderful live recording of the Brahms D-minor concerto. This match across more t han one generation works remarkably well. The precise, lyrical playing of Grimaud matches both Sanderling's old-style conducting and the patina of the Staatskapelle Berlin. Although the orchestra is less known than the Berlin Philharmonics, it is absolutely first-rate playing that Sanderling draws from its members. The first movement is played a little slow (a little like the famous Gould/Bernstein recording), emphasizing the tragic aspects. The second is much like most recordings (although beatiful), whereas the third starts like a firestorm, only to end in sheer happiness. I give it four stars. The only reason why it does not get the fifth is, that the conducting sometimes seems to cautious. Kurt Sanderling does not give it all away, but he could have brought a little more "swung" to the energetic parts. But altogether on my all time top three list of Brahms recordings.