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Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F / Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
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In this PARTICULAR recording however, I don't really like what I hear, although the playing is still admirable. The trouble is that Grimaud seems to lack her characteristic dramatic gusto and 'big sound'-- something necessary for playing Brahms. Perhaps she found this mode of playing unsuited to the Gershwin and Ravel-- Ravel, I can understand... that half of the recording is 4 1/2 stars certainly. The Gershwin is more about 3 stars. Zinman and his orchestra outshine Grimaud-- partially Gerswhin's "fault" since his orchestration is so damn coloristic and exciting. Grimaud sounds as if she's playing down at even th big fortes... this might be an acoustic balance problem too. I also find her under tempo-- I understand that for 'modern' recordings it's the in thing to slow down the repertoire and bask in the glorious clarity of the recording... but, if you listen to Gershwin's own interpretation or, better still, OSCAR LEVANT's top-notch interp. of the Concerto, you'll see that Gershwin and his entourage very consciously brushed over notes, used A LOT of rubato, and whizzed through the movements like showoffs. That's the 'jazz spirit' of the piece... Even the slow movement is quite a bit faster in Levant with very tasteful rubato and swing.
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Grimaud's playing is certainly not tentative or signifying her discomfort with the jazz elements of the work, as some reviewers here suggested. Her playing is quite deliberate and a quick listen to her super-fast and virtuosic last movement (as well as the first and third movements of the Ravel) reveals her ability to play quite comfortably at faster tempos. Her delicate entry into the first and second movements of the Gershwin are a deliberate effort to reclaim this work as a genuine "classical" piano concerto. Her approach succeeds in this endeavor, making this work a true piano/orchestral "classic", not just a jazzy crossover attempt by a composer only known for non-classical works.Read more ›
Rather than push the jazz elements this performance by Helene Grimaud and David Zinman takes a less hurried approach, particularly in the first movement. The slower tempos allow more focus on the classical structure; there is no over-emphasis just the musical colors that Gershwin wrote. The slow movement is laid-back with the blues element of the music beautifully played. Here Ms. Grimaud matches the mood of the orchestra with very smooth playing, lingering over the phrases. The Finale is fast and furious with a marvelous rolling of the gong at the end.
The Ravel Concerto is a nice pairing with the Gershwin, especially since they met and admired each other's music. Like the Gershwin, Ravel's Piano Concerto is performed at an easy tempo bringing out the colors of the score. Ms. Grimaud is fantastic throughout and delivers an excellent performance and David Zinman has great sensitivity for the score.Read more ›
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This is one of the best performances I have heard of the Ravel G Concerto. I saw her first playing this same concerto on the wonderful digitalconcerthall. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. D. Hoag
From the esteemed Erato recording company comes an interesting and beguiling performance by the 27 year old piano virtuoso Hélène Grimaud and the Baltimore Symphony... Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by RBSProds
I wish I could see Helene Grimaud in performance. Short of that I play this CD with my eyes closed in a quiet room as the performance is a thrilling experience.Published on March 27, 2014 by Daniel J. McGarigle
This is an especially beautiful performance of one of the 20th century's greatest pieces of music. Ms. Grimaud is an artist of amazing sensitivity.Published on September 20, 2013 by Robin Swados
The second movement of the Ravel is mesmerizing!!! You will become obsessed with it! Especially the duet between the piano and the English horn!!! Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Thomas G. Steffens
This is a great recording of great music. Both the Gershwin and Ravel were perfectly executed by pianist and orchestra.Published on March 8, 2013 by Liam C
There's a delightful sense of ebullience about this CD, which pairs two works that straddle the fence between jazz and classical. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Santa Fe Listener
Sensational playing by the orchestra in both concertos. Sound balance favors the orchestra, spectacularly so in the Gershwin. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by lebvendors