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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Richard Strauss: Burleske / Grimaud

Brahms / Grimaud / Staatskapelle / Sanderling
Release Date: 08/03/2010 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 4680715   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRichard Strauss
Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
Conductor:  Kurt SanderlingDavid Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle OrchestraDeutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Written when Strauss was a mere 22, the Burleske cries out for youthful virtuosity, volatility, caprice and charm – which we’re given here with effortless fluency by all concerned. In what could vaguely be described as lyrical ‘second subject’ territory (from the start of track 5, tranquillo) I particularly enjoyed those amazing pre-echoes of irresistibly seductive, smiling (con amore) things-to-come a quarter of a century later in Der Rosenkavalier. The Erato sound is clear-cut rather than lusciously cushioned, but never hard-edged: it falls agreeably on the ear."

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [2/1996] Reviewing Erato 11727
"Written when Strauss was a mere 22, the Burleske cries out for youthful virtuosity, volatility, caprice and charm – which we’re given here with effortless fluency by all concerned. In what could vaguely be described as lyrical ‘second subject’ territory (from the start of track 5, tranquillo) I particularly enjoyed those amazing pre-echoes of irresistibly seductive, smiling (con amore) things-to-come a quarter of a century later in Der Rosenkavalier. The Erato sound is clear-cut rather than lusciously cushioned, but never hard-edged: it falls agreeably on the ear."

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [2/1996] Reviewing Erato 11727
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
2. Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, AV 85 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Each One is a Revelation April 15, 2012 By Robert D. Turoff (Princeton, NJ) See All My Reviews "I own several recordings of the Brahms including Kapell/Mitropulous, Fleisher/Szell, Graffman/Munch, Kerer/Rozhdestvensky, and this one, Grimaud/Sanderling. Each is superb in its own way. Each reveals something new about the work. If the reader is financially flush I would suggest buying all of them. Otherwise, I leave the reader with the dilemma of which to acquire.

The Strauss Burleske is a new work for me. I enjoy this performance immensely. The recorded sound as with the Brahms is excellent. "
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