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Grieg, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Thibaudet, Gergiev, Rotterdam PO


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 467093   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

So much is made of Thibaudet’s ‘matinée idol’ looks, and his snazzy sense of dress, that many people (too many of them critics) have bought the image and assigned him a place comfortably below the top drawer. This recording, like his recent all-Chopin disc, tells a very different story. Add to the consistent excellence of his playing here the vital, elegant, superbly paced contribution of Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, enhanced by the superb recorded sound, and you have a very superior release indeed. The colouristic range of Thibaudet’s playing (embracing everything but stridency), is a pleasure from first note to last, as are his subtle, often illuminating rhythmic suppleness and his impeccable articulation. And Gergiev is Read more no less subtle, and no less brilliant, conjuring up orchestral colours and textural balances which makes a nonsense of the knee-jerk claim that Grieg and Chopin, at this early stage of their careers, were near-klutzes when it came to orchestration.

-- Jeremy Siepmann, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 29 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Live  De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 32 Minutes 43 Secs. 

Sound Samples

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
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21: 1. Maestoso
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21: 2. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21: 3. Allegro vivace

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