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Grieg & Schumann: Piano Concertos

Stephen Kovacevich , Schumann , Grieg , Sir Colin Davis , BBC Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
  • Composer: Schumann, Grieg
  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Newton Classics
  • ASIN: B003X859OS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio
3. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto Andante maestoso
4. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54: 1. Allegro affettuoso
5. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54: 2. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
6. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54: 3. Allegro vivace

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Bishop's impeccably clear playing fills
the big moments with tone without allowing them to be over-rhetorical, and in fact rhetoric is less characteristic of him than fluent speech that can when necessary become assertive to the point of brilliance and does, indeed, make his third movement
of the Grieg very exciting. His acute
sensibility and the mellifluous playing of
all orchestral solo passages show us Grieg the nature-poet. And this feeling for mood, for the undertones of reverie, gives the essence of Schumann as Romantic, and in both concertos conductor and soloist
are in perfect rapport and the recording engineers have missed nothing --Gramophone, March 1972

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These two popular concertos have for many years been coupled on LP and CD, and ever since their initial release in 1972, the performances on this CD have been consistently rated as outstanding. This recording is one of a few to have achieved true classic status, of the stature (among
concerto recordings) of Jacqueline du Pre's Elgar Cello Concerto, and Michelangeli's Ravel G major and Rachmaninov Fourth Piano Concertos.
The young Stephen Bishop (now known as Stephen Kovacevich) was at the height of his considerable powers, and these performances of two of the best-loved piano concertos have hardly been equalled ever since they were made almost 40 years ago.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best you'll find April 3, 2013
Since the early Seventies I've been listening mostly to two recordings of the Grieg and Schumann concertos, one by Radu Lupu, with Andre Previn and LSO (Decca or LIM), and this one by Stephen Kovacevich, with Colin Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Lupu provides the sheer brute strength and Kovacevich adds the poetry. Philips originally recorded Kovacevich, and the company has released it on LP and CD several times. Now in 2010 we get the recording reissued by Newton Classics. It can't hurt.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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