Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 / Piano Sonatas Nos. 30 & 31, Opp. 58, 109, 110


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 / Piano Sonatas Nos. 30 & 31, Opp. 58, 109, 110 by RHIP2 at Your Free Album. MPN: 0639842686921. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. This disc, Helene Grimaud's first with Teldec, also marks her first collaboration with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic. Beethoven's Fourth Concerto is a fitting test for a young pianist whose sky rocketing career has earned worldwide media attention. Masur, a skilled orchestral accompanist with a personal affinity for Beethoven, elicits an expert performance from his forces. If Hélène Grimaud hasn't yet appeared on your radar screen of today's outstanding artists, do yourself a favor


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 / Piano Sonatas Nos. 30 & 31, Opp. 58, 109, 110 by RHIP2
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This disc, Helene Grimaud's first with Teldec, also marks her first collaboration with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic. Beethoven's Fourth Concerto is a fitting test for a young pianist whose sky rocketing career has earned worldwide media attention. Masur, a skilled orchestral accompanist with a personal affinity for Beethoven, elicits an expert performance from his forces. If Hélène Grimaud hasn't yet appeared on your radar screen of today's outstanding artists, do yourself a favor and get to know the amazing work of this young French pianist. As with her previous releases on Teldec, Grimaud hasn't set out to occupy a specialized niche of repertory. Instead, in knockout recordings of Brahms and Rachmaninoff, Grimaud's been staking out the prime territory. Any initial reservations about such works being over-recorded are quickly dispelled by the unique poetry and power her imagination brings to them, above all in this marvelous live performance of what is probably Beethoven's greatest piano concerto. Entire readings of the Fourth collapse due to misjudgment of its brief but microcosmic opening five bars of solo piano; listen to Grimaud's eloquent articulation of the all-important rhythm, given without intrusively subjective fuss. Her balance of lyricism against energetic momentum sets the stage perfectly for what is to follow. Masur--in almost telepathic sympathy with the soloist--brings a grandly expansive sensibility to the first movement that allows for deliciously precise details from the New York Philharmonic, without losing sight of the music's dramatic thrust. The disc also includes two of the late sonatas; Grimaud understands their complex emotional fabric and brings both clarity and intensity to her articulation. Especially beautiful is the variation movement of Opus 109, sensitively shaped and unencumbered with a dubious "mysticism." No matter how well you know this music, Grimaud is the kind of artist who can make you rethink and--most importantly--feel again what is taken for granted. --Thomas May

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Brand:
RHIP2
Manufacturer:
Teldec Classics
Category:
Concertos
MPN:
0639842686921
Release Date:
1999-09-17
UPC:
639842686921
Genre:
Classical
Publisher:
Teldec Classics
Audience Rating:
NR (Not Rated)
Creator:
Array
Format:
Import
Publication Date:
1999-09-21
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.23 pounds
Item Size:
5.2 x 0.43 x 5.63 inches
Package Weight:
0.22 pounds
Package Size:
5.43 x 0.39 x 5.59 inches

 


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