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Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Radu Lupu, André Previn


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466383   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegRobert Schumann
Performer:  Radu Lupu
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This became a popular concerto coupling back in the days of vinyl, as the pieces shared similar keys, lengths, and orchestral scorings. They fit comfortably on one LP, one to a side, and in fact that is the way this particular recording was first issued. Now it has re-surfaced in Decca's "Legends" series, and hearing it again, one has to agree that it has found its appropriate niche, and accolade. Compared to the two reference recordings, this performance is the most classically straightforward, though without being a bit prosaic. There are an almost infinite number of moments that receive a loving care that seems just right, and not just from the soloist either: Previn proves himself more
Read more collaborator than mere accompanist. In the slow movement of the Grieg, the conductor and orchestra work hand in glove with the soloist to provide moment after moment of supreme inspiration and magic. On EMI, Richter provides a little more drama, especially in the slow movement of the Grieg, and Anda a bit more joie de vivre in the rapid movements of both concertos. But Lupu receives the best recorded sound, rich and full, yet quite transparent and detailed, which might tip the scales if you are only looking for one CD of these works. Personally, I couldn't do without any of these recordings.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1973 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1973 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 40 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: 1. Allegro affettuoso
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: 3. Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 1. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 2. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso

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