Although the sonics are understandably a bit dated, there is no finer coupling of these two favorite concertos. In the Grieg, Leon Fleisher plays the music with uncommon strength--and without any of that precious fussiness that can make the music sound inappropriately soft-edged. In the outer movements the rhythms have real bounce (particularly the finale), while the lyrical adagio's directness only adds to the music's innate poetry. The Schumann is similarly magnificent, with wonderful fluency in the opening movement and a surge of joy pulsing through the finale. Fleisher's tone, bright and clean, matches the interpretations, and it goes without saying that you won't find better accompaniments than what Szell and Cleveland offer here. HisRead more way with the Schumann in particular reveals his well-known affinity for this music: just listen to his handling of transitions in the first movement. A true classic!
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16by Edvard Grieg Performer:
Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1868/1907; Norway
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54by Robert Schumann Performer:
Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1841-1845; Germany
I. Allegro molto moderato
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo. Adantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Still among the bestFebruary 17, 2015By Richard J Wood (New York , NY)See All My Reviews"I grew up with this recording, and was delighted to find it still available. The pacing and playing is the Schumann is particularly thoughtful."Report Abuse
Among the Best EverAugust 22, 2012By G. Dollinger (Bellflower, CA)See All My Reviews"There are many wonderful recordings of these familiar works available, but Leon Fleisher's legendary versions of the Grieg and Schumann piano concertos with Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra have never been bettered. Magnificent performances at a budget price."Report Abuse
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