Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos

Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos

by Leif Ove Andsnes
     
 

Poetry and power are the two words that come to mind while listening to Leif Ove Andsnes's highly anticipated recording of the piano concertos by Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann. Both works require robust virtuoso techniques, along with a sensitively lyrical temperament, and Andsnes clearly has plenty of both. The opening volley ofSee more details below

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Poetry and power are the two words that come to mind while listening to Leif Ove Andsnes's highly anticipated recording of the piano concertos by Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann. Both works require robust virtuoso techniques, along with a sensitively lyrical temperament, and Andsnes clearly has plenty of both. The opening volley of chords in the Grieg is full of muscle, while the following theme melts as gently as snow in a spring thaw. The rollicking finale, which can sometimes disappoint, is played with tremendous concentration here, not only by Andsnes but also by the Berlin Philharmonic, whose dark, burnished tone suits this music surprisingly well. The Schumann is given an unusually taut interpretation. Andsnes knows when to loosen the rhythmic reins, but both he and conductor Mariss Jansons make sure that the melodies flow inexorably to their destinations. There are many fine recordings of this coupling, including acclaimed versions by Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia, and there's no doubt that Andsnes belongs in their distinguished company. EMI's recording is state-of-the-art.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
The popular Piano Concertos in A minor by Grieg and Schumann have seldom sounded as fresh, inventive and important as they do here. Mr. Andsnes's performances are incisive yet sensitive, lithe yet formidable. And the vibrant playing of the orchestra suggests that the Berlin musicians realized they were involved with something exceptional.
Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
[November 2003 CD of the Month] However many times he has performed the Grieg, Andsnes retains a freshness and expressiveness that never sounds contrived, always spontaneous.... In his many recordings for EMI Andsnes has until now tended to avoid big warhorse works: this splendid new issue establishes that he need not do so.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724355756220
catalogNumber:
57562
Rank:
180839

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  1. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16  - Edvard Grieg  - Leif Ove Andsnes  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Mariss Jansons
  2. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54  - Robert Schumann  - Leif Ove Andsnes  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Mariss Jansons

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