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Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos [Live]

Edvard Grieg , Robert Schumann , Mariss Jansons , Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra , Leif Ove Andsnes Audio CD
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listen  1. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderatoLeif Ove Andsnes/Mariss Jansons/Berliner Philharmoniker12:45Album Only
listen  2. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: II. AdagioLeif Ove Andsnes/Mariss Jansons/Berliner Philharmoniker 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: I. Allegro affettuosoLeif Ove Andsnes/Mariss Jansons/Berliner Philharmoniker14:37Album Only
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listen  6. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: III. Allegro vivaceLeif Ove Andsnes/Mariss Jansons/Berliner Philharmoniker10:13Album Only

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  • Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Composer: Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0000BWTK3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Many great pianists have already recorded this now-traditional coupling. Having proven himself to belong in the company of the greats, Andsnes now gets his chance. He has a decided viewpoint on this music, stressing the lyrical elements with some gorgeous tone and phrasing, yet capturing plenty of drive and excitement when required. Jansons seems to challenge his soloist with very energetic readings of the orchestral parts: lots of tympani and broad dynamic contrasts. The collaboration works quite well, and if you don't already have half a dozen CDs with this coupling already in your collection, this one is definitely worth considering. It does have a couple of minor handicaps, though. EMI passed up the opportunity to fill the blank 20 minutes of the disc with some solo music by these composers, and the recorded sound, while well balanced, seems somewhat dull and lacking in presence. --Leslie Gerber

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andsnes's Great Grieg and Schumann Concerto Performances November 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Leif Ove Andsnes joins an already crowded field in this splendid CD, coupling the popular Grieg and Schumann piano concertos. This CD is as splendid as classic recordings of the same works by Stephen (Bishop) Kovacevich and Sir Colin Davis, Krystian Zimmerman and Herbert von Karajan and Murray Perahia and Sir Colin Davis. Regrettably, this fine EMI recording lacks the warmth I've heard in the earlier Phillips, Deutsche Grammophon and Sony (CBS) recordings I've mentioned, otherwise it would surely be regarded as the best. Andsnes offers a glowing, lyrical performance of the Grieg piano concerto that is better than his early 1990's recording made with a lesser known Norwegian orchestra and Russian conductor. His vibrant playing is well supported by conductor Mariss Jansons and the Berlin Philharmonic. Their performances can be best described as silky, smooth, rich in atmosphere and sonority. Without question this may be regarded as one of the definitive recordings of the Grieg piano concerto in the 21st Century. The Schumann piano concerto is just as fine, with more of Andsnes' lyrical, graceful playing and warm, vibrant performances from the Berlin Philharmonic; most notably its string and brass sections.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable collaboration April 29, 2004
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Andsnes is such a pianist who can make a very striking point in his performances without ever doing `too much', a most welcome ability, particularly in pieces that sometimes fall prey to unnecessarily sluggish Romantic interpretations. The Grieg concerto can, in the wrong hands, sound like a shorter version of the saccharine Tchaikovsky B flat minor. No such things in Andsnes' performance, however. He has an impressive and authoritative command of the music and never lacks in lyricism, strength or virtuosity, yet there's nothing at all in his playing that sounds forced, exaggerated or overly aggressive. His wonderful build-up of the climax in the first movement cadenza is simply priceless. And listen to the enthusiasm with which he jumps into the third movement's main theme (also in the recap). It sounds so simple, yet the effect is marvellous. But Andsnes can also play in perfect sympathy with a conductor, as it shows here. This time, I thought the standard picture inside the booklet of pianist-and-conductor-staring-at-score was genuine. Andsnes and Jansons (who conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker) simply collaborate together perfectly. In the final for example, it seems as if both are constantly driving each other further. Jansons' BPhO also has a wonderfully rich and beautiful sound. The flutes and strings in the typically Norse theme that appears after 2'40 in the final, for instance, are marvellous.
The other concerto here is the Schumann, a piece that can be treated as merely chamber music (as in the classic Richter recording). But Andsnes and Jansons choose for a more large-scale approach that fits the piece equally well, I think. In fact, it is played so well that you hardly need other performances than this.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEYOND WORDS !!! October 16, 2003
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Despite the fact that there are already so many beautiful recordings available of these popular concertos (e.g. Andsnes and Katayenko's 1991 performance on Virgin Classics or Zimmerman and von Karajan on DG or Kovacevich and Sir Colin Davis on Philips), this new coupling of these so well-known masterpieces of the romantic repertoire is far beyond words, even close to immaculate perfection.
The creamy, glooming and fullblooded tone of the peerless Berlin Philharmonic under Jansons opposed to the fenomenal pianistic subdued noblesse and passionate poetry of this absolutely stunning pianist,result in both an aristocratic and overwhelming outburst of pure romantic music, a truly classic interpretation.
Especially the Grieg performance will become undoubtebly one of THE recordings of the century, unwrapped of all common clichés, breathing with an impressionistic glow. The cadenza in the end of the first part, astonishing. The intro of the second movement with an acquiescent and silken horn section of the Berlin Philharmonic, of a rare beauty. The climax of the slow movement,two hands of Andsnes touching the piano with a yearning and deeply moving intensity. The third movement, a pure osmosis between orchestra and soloist.
This performance is really the one to have, especially on cold and sometimes sad winter eves, even when your cd compartment is already filled with two or three versions of these concertos.
Music for the centuries.
Even if it could be judgded that it's very difficult to surpass the legendary Richter performance of the Schumann concerto (Original recordings on DG), this live performance full of volatile and passionate outbursts opposed to the many chilled restraint passages by the orchestra and the fenomenal Andsnes again equals perfection.
The EMI sound quality of this disc is impeccable, revealing every detail and every shade of these beautiful pages.
Buy it. You'll never regret.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energy, youth and poetry in an unsurpassable recording November 18, 2006
By Yi-Peng
Format:Audio CD
I must admit I was sceptical at first when I heard that Andsnes was releasing this new CD of the Grieg and Schumann concertos. As much as I feared that this might be a run-of-the-mill performance, I found I was very well pleased with the result. Although I own the Lupu CD of these kindred souls of piano concertos (and found them perfectly balanced), I soon found that this Andsnes version runs rings around all the other versions I have heard so far. No matter what other people say, Andsnes is a superb pianist who gives well-rounded and balanced accounts of these two concertos, backed by punchy accompaniment from Jansons and the Berliners, and a sumptuous EMI recording that lacks a little in detail and clarity.

The Grieg concerto starts out with a punchy first movement, energetic and poetic, as if Andsnes and Jansons are setting sparks off at each other. Andsnes' opening flourish is firm and weighty, but he counterbalances it with a due sense of poetry in the quieter sections of the movement. The slow movement is meditative but it never drags the concerto, and Andsnes, true to his Norweigan roots, really relishes the dance-like finale. In the secondary theme of the finale he is given excellent support by the winds, especially the flautist, in evoking the Norweigan fjords that might have inspired this music. The Schumann is a beautifully renderred version, and Andsnes taps more into his poetic gifts here. One hears a continuous forward momentum in this work that I tend to find sorely lacking in other recordings. Andsnes conveys a strength and a vulnerability crucial in this piece, and the first movement really stands out. The Intermezzo ably bridges the first movement and the finale, and one can hear a joie de vivre here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine performances in fairly good, albeit live, sound
The perennial pairing of the Grieg and Schumann Piano Concertos will always bring joy to the hearts of music lovers, as will the thought of hearing them performed by so estimable a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John J. Puccio
5.0 out of 5 stars Performances of distinction to join the best of the rest
This pair of performances, well recorded in 2002, are of a musical distinction sufficient to raise this disc to the level of other fine performances now available. Read more
Published 14 months ago by I. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the Grieg
I bought this CD for the Grieg concerto, and can't imagine a better digital recording of it. Five stars for the Grieg, maybe four for the Schumann... Read more
Published 16 months ago by DaddyD
4.0 out of 5 stars An Effective, Compelling Pairing, with New Insights
On this disc it's a warhorse to the left of us, a warhorse to the right of us. And the results are downright refreshing. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. R. Trtek
5.0 out of 5 stars Andsnes on Grieg and Schumann
Leif Ove Andsnes rarely puts a foot wrong, and this recording proves the point. He might be considered to be a "natural" for his fellow Norwegian, Grieg, and he certainly is, but... Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by Bruce A. Mcdonald
2.0 out of 5 stars OK but Staier Herreweghe is much better
I was eager to get my hands on this (Schumann) performance but after listening to it I still favor (by a lot) the Schumann done by Staier and Herreweghe. Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by Gerry L Goffinet
3.0 out of 5 stars You don't miss your water ...
I've owned the Kovacevich (BBC SO/Davis) version of the Schumann and Grieg piano concertos for some years and been somewhat disappointed at the less-than-sparkling audio of these... Read more
Published on November 17, 2010 by AndyC
5.0 out of 5 stars It deserves all the fame it has recieved
After hearing lots of good things about this album, I was eager to check it out. And I'm glad I did. Read more
Published on October 13, 2010 by Andrew R. Barnard
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare and wonderful performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto
This CD has one of the more splendid Grieg Piano Concerto recordings on it that I own, and I own many. Read more
Published on July 26, 2010 by Andre Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances
Those are for sure great performances. Very good for Grieg but thrilling
for Schumann. This is one of the best recordings of Schumann`s Piano Concerto
in modern sound. Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by Colloredo von Salzburg
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