Helene Grimaud: The Romantic Piano

 
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RACHMANINOV / BRAHMS / BEETHOVEN / SCHUMANN / RAVEL / GERSHWIN
Helene Grimaud: The Romantic Piano
Helene Grimaud (piano) with various orchestras & conductors

[ Warner / Erato Classics / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Sunday 1 April 2018

Hélène Grimaud's particular fascination with the music of German composers - from Beethoven, the father of musical Romanticism, through Schumann and Brahms to the late Romanticism of Strauss - is reflected in this 2-CD set, which also embraces music by Rachmaninov, Ravel and Gershwin. A pianist who combines intellectual and philosophical rigour with a readiness to take risks as she strives for expressive freedom, Grimaud is motivated by a profound personal belief in the power of music: "Music changed my life - it gave me a sense of purpose and direction. It saved me.".

The present collection represents a retrospective survey of some of her finest earlier recordings, made between 1995 and 2000.

"Grimaud has never quite fulfilled the blazing promise of her early career, but her fiery personality ensures there is not a dull moment in concertos by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel." (BBC Music)

Tracks:

Rachmaninov:
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Ravel:
Piano Concerto in G major (Mvts II & III)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Richard Strauss:
Burleske in D minor

Gershwin:
Piano Concerto in F major: Allegro agitato
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Beethoven:
Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 (Allegro moderato)
Live recording
New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur

Brahms:
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (Adagio)
Live recording
Staatskaelle Berlin, Kurt Sanderling

Beethoven:
Piano Sonata No 30 in E Op 109 (Mvts I & II)

Brahms:
Fantasien Op 116 (I & VII)

Beethoven:
Piano sonata No 31 in A flat Op 110 (I & II)

Brahms:
Intermezzo Op 117 No 2

Brahms:
Klavierstuck Op 118 No 3 & Op 119 No 3

Schumann:
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (Mvt 1)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, David Zinman