- Audio CD (1 Oct. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: SHM-CD
- Label: Dg
- ASIN: B00DY9WXZY
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 SHM-CD
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Helene Grimaud performing the piano concertos of Brahms. Including 2CDs in SHM-CD format.
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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.
No 1 - A live recording but a very good one with no obvious audience noise. (I have not listened on headphones yet where audience noise is more apparent.) It has the excitement of a live performance and Grimauld is a great live performer. I think her understanding of the work has developed and this is IMO a step-up from her earlier recording. The accompliment by Nelsons with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks is excellent and very much in harmony with Grimauld. I think if you want a modern interpretation you won't go far wrong with this.
No 2 - This is a studio recording and is IMO demonstration quality. I think most would agree that this is a much more subtle piece of music and I think Grimauld understands it. This is an excellent performance by her. The Wiener Philharmoniker under Nelsons are absolutely first rate with a very lush string tone. I'm going to be playing this a lot of the next few days and weeks.
This is an easy recommendation.
Move to Vienna, in a different venue with a set-up that doesn't need to take account of the circumstances of live performance, and it's a different story. The piano tone has some sheen, the orchestral textures are evident, and both piano and orchestra seem more "present." Most important, the performance has much more life to it. The ebb and flow of the tension in the first movement is very well judged by both soloist and conductor, and the second movement, which starts like an Intermezzo, generates considerable drama of its own.Read more ›
She has much of the impulsive romanticism that I so love about the Barenboim/Barbirolli recordings, but she is magisterial too when required and displays power and clarity in equal measure.
The final movement of the 1st concerto is as thrilling as i've ever heard it, and the sense of the live event is palpably captured. I was genuinely surprised therefore by how unspontaneous the audience are in registering their approval...i was expecting an eruption by the excitement Grimaud had generated through the closing pages!
Both concertos are given wonderful sound by the DG engineers, deep and sonorous without muddying Brahms' already deliciously chocolatey waters, and the piano is nicely forward in the mix, bringing its full power to bear without being unnaturally spotlit.
I would place this pairing above Nelson Friere, Nicholas Angelich and Stephen Hough among the most well thought of recent surveys of these two most rewarding titans of the piano concerto genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A brilliant pianist performing great works of music. What more could you want. Why is this performance not on video.
Helene is a beautiful artist and beautiful to look at. Read more
A wonderful pianist whose arm strength belies her looks and is especially eloquent in her playing of Brahms.Published 16 months ago by francis
Very good performances as others have described. A little troubled by the recording quality in no.1 - yes detail gets through the fog somehow but a relief to put on, for instance,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lance Edwards
I have several recordings of the Brahms piano concertos, but the Grimaud reading is by far my favourite. Passionate, immediate and alert, controlled rubato, a true master work.Published 24 months ago by doris
This compares very favourably with all previous recordings. I thought, wrongly, that these works demanded a man's strength, but I was wrong !!Published on 16 Dec. 2013 by John Harvey
Should you like a dark , sonorous and flowing interpretation of The Brahms Piano concertos ,yet flashing in the dark , this is for you . Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2013 by Birgir Gudgeirsson