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...one of the most thoughtful pianists of her generation.
Andrew McGregor 2006
Reflections on the Robert Schumann-Clara Schumann-Johannes Brahmstriangle from one of the most thoughtful pianists of her generation ought to be interesting, and sure enough, right from the opening chords of the Schumann Piano Concerto I knew I had to hear Hélène Grimaud's latest project to the end.
If you've heard this lovely work once too often in a merely average performance, then drink deeply at Grimaud's spring, for you'll leave refreshed...not an overblown romantic gesture, and no cloying sentimentality; instead a strong, straightforward reading where every note seems just so, yet without feeling calculated. Grimaud is quizzical and warmly affectionate; nothing is taken for granted, and in Salonen and the Dresden Staatskapelle she has ideal partners, following wherever she leads, but never too slavishly.
The Concerto's sense of characterful energy is echoed in the three Clara Schumann songs that follow, with mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter...definitely not mere pale imitations of Robert Schumann's genius as a songwriter. Grimaud and cellist Truls Mork fall into conversational nostalgia in a sweet-toned performance of Brahms's E minor Cello Sonata, and it's left to Grimaud alone to end her recital with memorable accounts of Brahms's Op. 79 Rhapsodies.
I'm not sure I knew any more about the relationships between the three composers at the end of it all, but my appreciation of each of them has most definitely been enhanced.
The Guardian, Friday 13 January 2006
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Subtitled Reflection, Hélène Grimaud's latest album, carefully programmed as always, is a meditation on the nature of love as embodied in the triadic relationship between Schumann, his wife Clara, and Brahms, whose love for both of them was the dominant influence on his life and work. The disc finds the French pianist at her visionary best.
It opens with a passionate yet unsentimental performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen that ranks among the finest ever recorded. Anne Sofie von Otter is the soloist in a turbulent group of Clara's songs, while Truls Mork joins Grimaud for a powerful version of Brahms's First Cello Sonata. The album closes with Grimaud playing Brahms's Op 79 Rhapsodies, another overwhelming performance that captures the composer's shattering isolation as well as his deep affection for his best friend's wife. A truly great achievement, this is unmissable.
The following review of this LP appears on www.vinylkatalog.de:
"Born in 1969, American pianist Hélène Grimaud was brought up in France before moving to the USA. It was in America that she came to be regarded by many as the Martha Argerich of her generation: an exceptionally talented, original and influential artist.
This is an unusual album, a ‘concept album’ that groups together related works of three composers. The common theme is the triangle of love and respect between Robert and Clara Schumann and their glowing worship of Johannes Brahms.
The outstanding masterpiece of the album is Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto: so passionate an interpretation that one can sense Schumann’s inspiration. Grimaud's expressive performance of the main theme is truly special, and the interplay between her and the Staatskapelle Dresden under Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has all the power and tension of a world premiere – it is like listening to the work performed for the very first time. The solo cadenza should bring tears to the eyes of every piano lover.
The following three songs from Schumann's wife Clara show that she was not only a great pianist, but a composer on a par with her husband.
The opening sonata of the "family friend" Brahms features Grimaud with Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk (the first Scandinavian winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition). The two musicians inspire each other to achieve a rarely heard balance between precision and emotion.
The album closes with Brahms: the two highly dramatic Rhapsodies op. 79 in which Grimaud, now solo, once again demonstrates her again virtuosity and ingenuity!
I cannot deny that Clearaudio founder Peter Suchy has, with this vinyl release, satisfied a very personal desire. I assume that I will not be alone in this! (2006/2013)"
(quoted from: www.vinylkatalog.de)
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