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Brahms: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Helene Grimaud

Release Date: 09/30/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001904602   
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Intense, romantic music-making from the world’s most captivating pianist. Thrilling, deeply personal interpretations of the dark, passionate sound-worlds of both Brahms piano concertos. A unique, multi-faceted artist who continues to push creative boundaries, Grimaud is one of few pianists to conquer the monumental dimensions of the epic Op.83. Recorded in Vienna’s legendary Musikverein, the 2nd Piano Concerto marks Grimaud’s debut recording with the celebrated Wiener Philharmoniker; coupled with the equally coveted Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for the 1st Concerto, Grimaud has discovered exemplary musical counterparts. Conductor Andris Nelsons – dubbed “Der Wunderdirigent” by the Su?ddeutsche Zeitung – is one of today’s Read more most exciting young interpreters of Romantic repertoire. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  8 Customer Reviews )
 Don't buy this recording December 6, 2013 By Gerald B. (Eugene, OR) See All My Reviews "I bought this because of the editor's rave review. BIG MISTAKE! There are two things that destroy this recording. The first is Grimaud's inability to strike the left hand at the same time as the right. She totally destroys every one of Brahms beautiful,lush adagio melodies...this is painful to hear...ba bump, ba bump, ba bump. The second fatal flaw is the terrible editing of the recording; listen to the piano move forward and back in space, then the percussion moves forward and back, then the strings...etc, etc, this is BAD editing that prohibits any continuity of the music. I approached this recording excited to hear a different interpretation. I was totally angry after hearing this travesty on Brahms wonderful concertos. Buy the Ax,Levine CSO for No.1 and the Pollini,Abbado,Vienna Phil for No.2 and enjoy!" Report Abuse
 Wonderful recordings, with one mildly negative co November 7, 2013 By Anne W. (Rockville, MD) See All My Reviews "I loved the recordings of both concerti. The only vaguely negative comment I have is that Ms. Grimaud often brings in her left hand a split second or so before her right in some sections of the slow movement of the No. 1 concerto. As a long-time piano student, I've requently been told that this is something you just do NOT do! Maybe if you're as talented a pianist as Helene Grimaud it's OK - many professional piansts make deviations away from the originsl scores. I haven't looked at this particular score - maybe it's written that way, but I've never heard it from other pianists. I can recall other piano students doing this with various pieces of music, and been given quite a reprimand by the teacher! I tried it myself once....out of sheer "devilment" to see what my teacher's reaction was, and was given the "rounds of the kitchen", in no uncertain terms! That's the only thing that mars the recording for me - but the rest is so good that I can live with it. Ms. Grimaud's expression is very emotional and soul-searching." Report Abuse
 TERRIFIC BRAHMS CONCERTOS November 4, 2013 By Peter T. (Bethesda, MD) See All My Reviews "Helene Grimaud portraits Brahms as a man of 36 inches waistline and with elegantly trimmed moustache. I like him HER way. No more headache, no more bouts of depression after listening to the greats of the past ( and present ). My very top shelf. Enjoy it !" Report Abuse
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