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Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Andsnes, Jansons, Et Al


Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 57562   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegRobert Schumann
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leif Ove Andsnes and Mariss Jansons turn in one of the best Grieg Concerto recordings in many a moon. For starters, EMI's engineering conveys impressive presence and impact together with an ideal balance between soloist and orchestra. Jansons pays particular attention to Grieg's pungent wind writing, and the often-receded string flourishes accompanying the piano's main theme in the first movement couldn't be clearer. For his part, Andsnes has considerably modified his interpretation since his 1990 recording for Virgin Classics. His first-movement tempo gearshifts are less impetuous--more flowing and integrated--than before. He seems more willing to scale down passages that are essentially accompanimental in nature--and rightly so, seeing Read more how eloquently the Berlin brass and wind principals shine in their frequent solos. Most importantly, the performers address the music's heartfelt lyrical qualities without losing its organic thrust. Although I enjoy the lightness and spontaneity Andsnes brought to his earlier recording, I suspect the present version's riper detailing and collaborative rigor will pay greater dividends over repeated listenings.

-Jed Distler ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 29 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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