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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, 'Emperor' /Piano Sonata No. 28 in A


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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 1. AllegroHélène Grimaud20:08Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 2. Adagio un poco mossoHélène Grimaud 8:04Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Hélène Grimaud10:03Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101 - 1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)Hélène Grimaud 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101 - 2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)Hélène Grimaud 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101 - 3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)Hélène Grimaud 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101 - 4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)Hélène Grimaud 7:27Album Only

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  • Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Conductor: Jurowski
  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000RP4LEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It takes great control and depth of feeling to pull off late Beethoven and she does it.
Guitar Player
Still, the performances are simply wonderful, and I recommend this disc highly to all fans of this music, of which I suspect there are many among our readership.
Karl W. Nehring
Of course, the sound quality is superb, up to the usual high standards of excellence that long-time fans of Deutsche Grammophon have come to expect.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Five MARVELOUS Stars!! Brilliant French piano virtuoso Hélène Grimaud has conjured up highly enjoyable and individualistic interpretations of two awe-inspiring Ludwig Van Beethoven compositions: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Opus 73 (which fans have given the name "Emperor", but not by Beethoven himself); and the Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Opus 101: which Beethoven called "a series of impressions and reveries". Widely known for her thoughtful and personal interpretations of the classical master composers, Ms Grimaud has continued to widen her overall repertoire and, in this case, to deepen her personal Beethoven performance treasury. It is also said the extraordinary Ms Grimaud has a natural form of the condition called synesthesia: in her case she actually experiences music as colors and maybe that's the special quality we are hearing in her wonderful interpretations which have so much verve and flare. Ms Grimaud is wonderfully supported by the splendid Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski for Opus 73. Here, Ms Grimaud shows herself to be a very thoughtful yet powerful, philosophical, and deeply individualistic performer who gives the listener a new viewpoint of Beethoven's astounding creations.

Both performances of these masterworks are 'Pieces De Resistance', but of special note to me is Ms Grimaud's stupendous reading of "Emperor"s Allegro movement with soaring, empathetic support from the Staatskapelle Dresden. Then there is the poetic reading of the second and third movements: the Adagio un poco mosso and the elegant and joyous Rondo. I DO "hear thoughts, reflections, and ideas" delivered in what she calls a "contemporary" version of "Emperor".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Guitar Player on August 25, 2010
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For those who bash Helene Grimaud about wolves and such, take this. Just fantastic. I have several well regarded Emperors: Serkin, Pollini, Kissin. This one is the equal of any of these. Poetic and powerful with great sound.

Same can be said of 101 - I like this one as much as I like Pollini and infinitely better than John O'Connor. It takes great control and depth of feeling to pull off late Beethoven and she does it. Sound is much better than Pollini.

I guess the thing I like most about these performances is that they aren't cookie cutter, there are slightly different turns of phrases that generally work very well. And these are really powerful performances in both the heat of the moment and when things slow down. She knows when to push and when to pull back. I get the feeling she is challenging herself somewhat on these very difficult pieces, and I admire that she fully rises to the challenge. I like to hear the stress and emotion coming through a performance.

Not particularly relevant but that is why Hamelin leaves me cold. He is a technical machine who churns out difficult pieces seemingly without the slightest effort. I like things a little more thought out and perhaps just a little rough around the edges, with plenty of passion. Like this performance.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. B Collins Jr. on May 17, 2008
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Helen Grimaud is a considerable talent and her interpretation of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 is passionate and powerful. She style is so very clear and crisp.

The first movement, the Allegro, is full of passion and emotion. The hints of triumphal marches, the force and drive of the work, can only be described as heroic and powerful. Yet this theme is countered with wit and poetry as the movement is reconciled.

The second movement, Adagio un poco mosso, is delicate and warm. The delicacy of the piano compliments the warmth of the horns and violins much like dew on leaves in morning light. The piece is sweet yet graceful and fluid for it never is too sweet. It ascends and then resolves the ascension with warm compassion.

The third movement, the Rondo, is massive. The piano seems to dance with the orchestra as your concentration shifts back and forth between orchestra and piano. The heroic seems to be tamed in this final movement and yet remains full of energy and fire. The third movement also seems to me to be most grounded in a sense of the 18th century with its evocations of waltz and military pomp. The piano is allowed to play the witty commentator upon the regal orchestra to great effect.

Whereas in the first and third movements the piano is a witty commentator upon the force of the orchestra until given reign and shows considerable emotion and passion. The middle passage contrasts beautifully with the first and third in that the piano becomes light,lyric, delicate against the tapestry like warmth of the orchestra.

A fine listening experience.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Clontz on October 18, 2011
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The Emperor has always been my favorite concerto, and I've always opted for the most "definitive" version, with a few additions as they come along.

I now own six versions on CD, and somewhere in boxes are a few more versions on vinyl and tape.

There's a comfort to "definitive" coming from a well respected reviewer, like Penguin or Gramophone.

I found this CD purely by accident and had no intention of buying it, until I listened to the few seconds I could sample on Amazon. But what I heard was enough.

And having the CD has taught me something: something that is "definitive" might be etched in perfection, but it isn't alive any more.

THIS PERFORMANCE IS ALIVE. There is no machine at the piano, but a living artist who is taking a composition and making it her own. I don't just hear Beethoven; I hear Grimaud. I felt like I was hearing this masterpiece for the first time, and it nearly brought me to tears.

The difference between this and perfection is the difference between an adorable freckle faced breathing woman and a marble statue of Venus.

And having found this CD, I don't think I'll ever demand "definitive" again. This is a revelation of how music was meant to be played.
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