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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5
     

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor," Piano Sonata No. 28

by Hélène Grimaud
 
Hélène Grimaud's performances on this disc -- a coupling of Beethoven "Emperor Piano Concerto" with his "Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 101" -- are truly fantastic. Her technique is essentially untouchable and her tone is surprisingly colorful. And, as in her previous recordings, her interpretations are outrageous. With Vladimir Jurowski and

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Hélène Grimaud's performances on this disc -- a coupling of Beethoven "Emperor Piano Concerto" with his "Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 101" -- are truly fantastic. Her technique is essentially untouchable and her tone is surprisingly colorful. And, as in her previous recordings, her interpretations are outrageous. With Vladimir Jurowski and the Dresden Staatskapelle in the "Concerto," Grimaud is unafraid to do whatever she wants with balance and tempos. And alone in the "Sonata," she is even more audacious, bending, shaping, sculpting the music with no restraint applied except her own taste. And, while there is no guarantee that Grimaud's tastes will suit your own, you owe it to yourself to hear and judge for yourself. One might have thought Beethoven's strongly architectural music wouldn't be susceptible to such blandishment. But Grimaud's willfulness matches the composer's own broad streak of ornery individuality, and her sensual shapes and malleable tempos do the same. Jurowski gets the Dresden Staatskapelle to follow where Grimaud leads in the "Concerto," and the results in both cases are perhaps the most persuasive recording of the pianist's career. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is exceptional.

Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
It's penetrating, dry-eyed Beethoven rendered with such technical clarity that you realize there's even more to the piece than what usually meets the ears.
Dallas Morning News - Lawson Taitte
[Grade: A-] Grimaud leaps ferociously into the Emperor Concerto. The orchestral playing is at once majestic and aerated, as if a massive block of granite had been pierced with thousands of holes to let in the light.
Daily Telegraph - Richard Wigmore
[Grimaud] gives the Emperor the full works. It is impressive in its muscular extroversion.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947765950
catalogNumber:
000984002
Rank:
14594

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  1. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73
  2. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

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