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Brahms: Piano Concertos nos 1 & 2 / Hélène Grimaud, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Intense, romantic music-making from the world's most captivating pianist. Thrilling, deeply personal interpretations of the dark, passionate sound-worlds of both Brahms piano concertos. A unique, multi-faceted artist who continues to push creative boundaries, Grimaud is one of few pianists to conquer the monumental dimensions of the epic Op.83. Recorded in Vienna's legendary Musikverein, the 2nd Piano Concerto marks Grimaud's debut recording with the celebrated Wiener Philharmoniker; coupled with the equally coveted Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for the 1st Concerto, Grimaud has discovered exemplary musical counterparts. Conductor Andris Nelsons - dubbed "Der Wunderdirigent" by the Süddeutsche Zeitung - is one of today's most exciting young interpreters of Romantic repertoire. With over 850,000 sales for Deutsche Grammophon, Grimaud is set to recapture her position as a benchmark artist with broad popular appeal. Similar Artists: Evgeny Kissin, Alice Sara Ott, Mitsuko Uchida.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
A superb pianist at the height of their powers [...] teamed to a conductor with whom they seem to have instinctive rapport...there's drama aplenty in the big first movement of the [Second] Concerto. Nelsons secures some delightfully pointed orchestral playing in No. 1's finale, and really creates the restorative calm of No. 2's slow movement.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
Grimaud's second recording of the First sounds a tad less youthful, a tad more disciplined [than her first], but the balance between those two elements remains truly inspired...The Vienna Philharmonic...are a truly imposing force right from the opening...her results [in Op. 83] end up being no less monumental.

MusicWeb International, 18th November 2013
Judged on their own merits, [the performances] are outstanding: by turns, majestic, passionate, tender and dramatic... Grimaud's slow movement is the highlight of the whole recording...The orchestral playing and direction, so crucial in these works, is exemplary as would be expected from two of the world's great orchestras and one of the new generation of fine conductors.

The Times, 11th October 2013
Throughout the CD, both conductor and soloist love to crawl when Brahms gives them half a chance. But they also grab the coin's opposite side and sprint with tremendous vim through the second concerto's finale...Either way, Grimaud and Nelsons have made their mark.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The First has a long orchestral introduction, which Nelsons takes deliberately and massively. Grimaud has the strength and musicianship to match it, so the opening movement becomes a colossus, powerful and rich in emotion. The Second is a splendid performance, one that keeps your attention from beginning to end. I enjoyed every moment here. Congratulations to all involved!


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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 50 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1854-1859
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 49 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1881