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Grieg, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos / Vadym Khodolenko, piano; The Norwegian Radio Orch.; Harth-Bedoya

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

2013 Van Cliburn gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko is the featured soloist in this spectacular recording of the Grieg Concerto in A minor and the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2. Kholodenko is partnered with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
For a truly outstanding recording of the Grieg, turn to Vadym Kholodenko, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, with its notably eloquent horn, cello and flute soloists making their presence felt alongside a pianist who allows the big tunes to breathe, knows exactly how to shape each movement and yet injects the urgency of a live performance into proceedings. The slow movement is as moving as any I've heard... but the companion piece, Saint-Saens's Second Concerto, is even better, perhaps the most consistently accurately observed reading on disc.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
There's steely-fingered technique aplenty but the 2013 Van Cliburn Gold winner brings a heaviness, dulling Grieg's ethereal Adagio and Saint-Sadns fly-away moments.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The Saint-Saens is much the same. There are at least half a dozen better recordings in every respect. It is utterly "correct" and accurate. It's nice that Mr Kholodenko (a Russian-trained Ukrainian) decided to record something a bit out of the ordinary and he meets all its technical demands very well. If he does arrive some day at a special point of view in this music, he has got to find a conductor who sees it the same way.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: NRK Store Studio, Oslo, Norway (08/2014-09/2014).



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>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Vadym Kholodenko (Piano)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth Bedoya
  • Ensemble: The Norwegian Radio Orchestra
  • Running Time: 30 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
  • Performer: Vadym Kholodenko (Piano)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth Bedoya
  • Ensemble: The Norwegian Radio Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868