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Piano Concertos [Original recording remastered]

Grieg , Schumann Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderatoThe Cleveland Orchestra12:54Album Only
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listen  3. Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestosoThe Cleveland Orchestra 9:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fleisher January 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD has been out since 2004, but only recently has it started selling here at Amazon. That is because when this new line of Sony "Great Performances" first came out, they were being offered exclusively through Tower Records, but now thankfully they are available anywhere fine music is sold (I sound like a commercial). Of the dozen or so "GP" reissues this title, featuring the Grieg and Schumann Piano Concertos, is easily the best. Pianist Leon Fleisher and conductor George Szell (along with the Cleveland Orchestra of course) formed a memorable partnership before Fleisher's career came to a tragic, but fortunately temporary, halt. Most notably they produced a brilliant pair of Brahms Concerto recordings, and a Beethoven Concerto Cycle (now scandalously out-of-print) that many still regard as definitive. These 1960 Grieg and Schumann performances are no different, and this disc has to be considered the first choice in this repertoire. I'm still fuming mad at Sony for recently deleting so many of their best CDs, but at least they are continuing to make some classics available once again.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring Performance!! March 2, 2008
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This is another outstanding achievement by Felisher-Szell partnership alongside their Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninov (Paganini Rhapsody) recordings. Grieg's Concerto has never been played with such intensity, penetrating tone and depth of feeling since the legendary Praga recording by Richter/Kondashin. Fleisher captures the rapt serenity of the slow movement like no other pianist could.

Schumann Concerto is even better. The limitless range of Fleisher's tonal shading and colours makes the music so fresh and alive! You get the impression that the pianist is completely one with the music. The last movement is totally electrifying.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I don't know if Columbia Records brought them together, but the young Leon Fleisher made almost all of his classic Sixties concerto recordings with George Szell. Their work shone through the dreary, hissy sonics to be found on the Epic label, but here are two recordings--the Grieg and Schumann concertos--in excellent refurbished sonics, by far the best they've ever enjoyed. The solo piano, placed fairly close, and the Cleveland Orch. both sound full and natural, without any edginess at loud volume.

As for the interpretations, the Grieg is revisionist history. At the time (1960) this old horse was almost dead from over-popularity, so Szell and Fleisher slowed the tempo down and replaced dazzling keyboard attack with thoughtful, considered phrasing. It's awfully low key and serious at times, particuarly compared to the blazing reading that Richter gives on EMI, but the two partners are masters at what they do.

In the Schumann their pacing is close to the norm, but again the overall tone is low key, serious, and more classic than romantic. Dynamics heed close to mezzo forte, and there aren't a lot of passionate exchanges between piano and orchestra. The main thing to admire here is Szell's control over the orchestra and Fleisher's natural, unassuming musicianship. I'm not sure I love this reading, but no American pianist since Fleisher, with the exception of Perahia, has made such accomplished recordings of these two chestnuts.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling performance December 10, 2008
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I'm not a sophisticated musical reviewer, just love great music and in particular these two concertos. The Schumann is one of my favorite pieces of music and when played well is glorious. Fleisher plays it perfectly, giving just the right touch to the fabulous runs at the end. Szell is one of my favorite conductors so when I am not familiar with the various recordings of a piece, I always go for one of his knowing I won't be disappointed. Since some of my first listening experiences were with the 'Great Performance' recordings, I'm thrilled some of them are now available through Amazon. While some recordings make pleasant background music, these make you stop and listen with all your attention. They're that good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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When I first listened to this disc, I was knocked off my seat by how thunderous and percussive Fleisher was in those thrice-familiar chords that open the Schumann concerto. I greet anything new in warhorses with a gulp, taking in lots of air, so I was eager to proceed with my listening. But before listening to the Schumann in its entirety, I hopped over to the Grieg. Sure enough, Szell starts out with a particularly fine timpani roll, and when Fleisher comes in, it's with a display of power that is electrifying.

While the opening of the two concerti surprised me more than anything else on the rest of the disc, Fleisher and Szell are consistently powerful, letting us hear plenty of jagged edges. This is no smooth ride, folks. But all the same, it's clear that the music is confined to narrow limits. There are no wild fluctuations to speak of and no sense of wandering freedom. In some ways, our musicians are strict literalists. In this case that's not the same of boredom, thankfully, as the aura of grandeur can be chilling. The problem is that it can border on cold. I've always viewed these concerti as the products of two expansive romantics at their sunniest. I miss soaring lyricism, the heartfelt sense of pure joy mixed with loneliness. Both Fleisher and Szell are straight faced while determined to give every ounce of their strength, meaning that they don't take the time to notice the beauties in the work. When they're electric, they easily keep the listener's interest. Sometimes there's a faint sense of eccentricity. It creates an interesting atmosphere when musicians try to burn the house down while strictly following the score to the point of dogmatism.

This is a fine disc that mixes fire with restraint. Prepare for oddities.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite pair of piano concertos. We play it over and over again. Enjoy!
Published 7 days ago by Jayk
5.0 out of 5 stars More than worth it - great purchase.
This is just wonderful. A real bargain for such wonderful entertainment. I have many Grieg CD collections that have been expensive, but this ranks right up there with all of them.
Published 1 month ago by Joan Sollmi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I love the Grieg concerto, my pet bird does too. He is a real classical music aficionado. We enjoy it long road trips.
Published 2 months ago by Yooperman
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality recording
technically brilliant recording characteristic of Leon Fleisher. He and George szell have a long history of marvelous collaboration. I appreciate the suggestion
Published 6 months ago by stephen nold
4.0 out of 5 stars Grieg Piano Concerto
I grew up with a Mother who was a clasasical musician. I grew to love the classics. Recently I saw a play about a refugee from Austria who was a young pianist. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nonprez
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, one of my favorite performances by Leon Fleisher.
This is a great CD. I have seen him in concert, and this CD has captured the energy and precision of his playing. If you like Classical music, this CD belongs in your collection.
Published 7 months ago by Merle H. Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIEG
The Grieg piano concerto has been a favorite of mine all my life. I had it on mono LP, stereo LP, tape cassettes and now on CD. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jerlaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Ordered for Grieg
I ordered this for the Grieg Concerto, which I love. I am happy listening to it in the car. The other concerto is OK but I can take it or leave it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Starfire
5.0 out of 5 stars don't let it get lost in the shuffle
The partnership of George Szell and Leon Fleisher, in the late 1950's and early 1960's, was best known for performances of the Brahms and Beethoven Concertos -- performances that,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Grieg piano concertos
Loved the CD, the music was so beautiful, I recommend this CD the grieg piano concerto to all. You must listen .
Published 16 months ago by Liz
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