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|Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, Herbert von Karajan|
Schumann/Grieg: Klavierkonzerte (Piano Concertos)
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Fresh, invigorating performance
magicthighs | Hamilton, ON Canada | 12/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Zimerman's trademark crystalline articulation and sumptuous tone is mesmerizing and is what draws me to his music. His performance of the Schumann concerto breathes such effervescent vitality that it sparkles like diamonds. The main theme is wonderfully thrown back and forth between Karajan and Zimerman, neither is overbearing, but instead perfectly balanced and symbiotic. Karajan's hold on the young Zimerman is obvious because the music is so seamless. One gets the impression that Zimerman is playing at half his intensity to ensure the artistic integrity of the piece is not compromised by turning it into a virtuoso showcase. This observation is supported by his coruscating performance of the cadenza. I have never heard the Schumann cadenza played with such abandon and white hot intensity before. It's such a wonderful climax that the best way to describe it is --orgasmic. His 2nd and 3rd movements are equally evergreen and characteristically 'Zimermanesque'. The Grieg concerto is one I grew out of because of its familiarity. Zimerman's elegant, refined style brings such a sublime, plaintive atmosphere to the piece that it evoked nostalgic memories of my youth when I discovered these treasures for the first time. I'm familiar with Anda's, Richter's, Rubinstein's and many others (I can't rememember them all) performance of the concerto. All of them were great, but none of them piqued my attention like Zimerman's. His style is the perfect balance of refined elegance and virtuosity for me."
Lively, with a very full sound
bassplayerchris | London, UK | 11/23/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Two oft-paired piano concertos are available together on this album played by one the worlds best orchestras with on of the best piano players of recent times. This is very well recorded, with the BPO at their best producing a very full sound. Zimmerman plays with great feeling and panache. However, the Schumann Concerto is sometimes uneven in parts with the fortissimos emphasised a bit too much at times and occaisionally Zimmerman's playing is a bit uneven especially in the third movement. If you want a truly superlative recording of the Schumann piece try Sir Colin Davis' recording with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Steven Kovacevich piano).The recording of the Grieg concerto cannot be faulted and must represent one of the best recordings of this particular piece on CD."
The best recording of these two concertos
magicthighs | 03/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This coupling of these two showpieces is by far the best I've heard. It makes Murray Perahia sound anemic, and his recording is not bad...... just bland by comparison. I like to hear these works performed with a certain amount of passion, and Zimerman provides plenty of that. But equally impressive is his flawless technical skill. Sonics are outstanding, and von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic are in excellent form. Get this one even if you already have recordings of these works."