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Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Perahia, Davis

Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Catalog #: 44899   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannEdvard Grieg
Performer:  Murray Perahia
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Murray Perahia's 1987 Schumann and Grieg concertos with Colin Davis remain the most recommendable digitally recorded pairing of these war-horses, and they bloom even more via Sony's Expanded Edition remastering. I'd also add that this release constitutes the finest of Davis' three recorded Schumann/Grieg couplings (the others are with Arrau/Boston Symphony and Kovacevich/BBC Symphony). Although Perahia remade the Schumann seven years later with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic, I lean toward the earlier recording. Davis' accompaniments provide more solid rhythmic underpinning in the outer movements, with fuller-bodied string tone and more carefully sculpted woodwind chording. By contrast, Abbado favors a more blended, rounder Read more sonority. Certain details in the solo piano part emerge with greater transparency and refinement under Abaddo, such as the Finale's cross-rhythmic filigree and the voice leading in the first-movement cadenza. Yet Perahia's added thrust and greater attention to bass lines under Davis, together with more impetuous conversational give and take between soloist and orchestra in the Intermezzo clinch my recommendation.

Poetry and precision triumphantly fuse in the Grieg Concerto, where Perahia's fabulous technique and ravishing tone make this overplayed work sound quite invigorating. I particularly admire the effortlessly effected tempo relationships between sections, plus the welcome melodic emphasis with which he shapes the Finale's flashy runs and the first-movement cadenza's bass rumbles.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 

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 WELL, I NEVER... November 20, 2015 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "...thought this would happen. I used to get so sick and tired of the Grieg (and also the Tchaikovsky) that I never cared to hear either one of them. But then I happened to hear a performance of the Grieg with Murray Perahia, and it restored my faith in---and liking for---that piece. On this CD it's coupled with the Schumann, also in A minor, and I've always liked Perahia and the way he really makes music and musical sense of both concerti, ably assisted by Sir Colin Davis (also a noted conductor of Sibelius)---so many thanks." Report Abuse
 Bravo December 20, 2014 By Richard Heffler (Mars, PA) See All My Reviews "Murray Perahia is one of the most poetic pianists ever and these performances only enhance my respect for his impeccable musicianship. You couldn't imagine more satisfying playing. The orchestra and conductor provide a perfect compliment and the recorded sound and balance are just right." Report Abuse
 I've been looking for this for a while.... February 21, 2013 By Lina Shemet (Snohomish, WA) See All My Reviews "I've been looking for this CD for a while now, and I am so glad that I found it at Arkivmusic.com. This Cd is hard to find. It has some of the loveliest pieces that Schuman and Grieg had ever composed. Sir Colin Davis is amazing. Davis conducts these songs exactly as they were intended, with such passion and perfection. Of course, Perahia is an amazing pianist---one of the best!" Report Abuse
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