Grimaud, Helene

Schumann: Piano Concerto & R Strauss: Burleske

10 Jul 2015

Barcode: 0825646138302

Composer: Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss
Other participants: David Zinman, Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

A disciple of the great teacher and pianist Jacques Rouvier, native of Marseille and, at the time, having lived in the United States for several years, Hélène Grimaud realised, under the aegis of the Erato teams and in ideal conditions for blossoming, four superb discs that stand out for their very committed musicality. The first release – on 2 February 1996 – coupled the Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 and Richard Strauss's Burleske in D minor. The sessions took place in Berlin’s Jesus-Christus Kirche, in June 1995, with David Zinman accompanying the young musician. A believer in balances and meticulous, transparent textures, the conductor, a former disciple of Pierre Monteux, led Grimaud in a clear, balanced, Apollonian Schumann. Nonetheless, Grimaud's piano does not dissimulate her sincere, fervent, impassioned tone. Under the direction of the New York conductor, all in voluptuous caresses here at the head of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin, the Intermezzo, with its full, fruity winds, carefully maintains its Andantino grazioso character, as lyrical as could be hoped, even though the soloist dares a rhapsodic tone and the most differentiated moods.

As a complement to the Schumann, Grimaud preferred Strauss's Burleske to the customary Grieg Concerto. With this well-balanced interpretation, of sumptuous energy, she doubtless contributed to a slight renewal of interest in the work, which calls for musicality, fieriness, and assured technique even before being transcendantal.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Schumann : Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54 : I Allegro affettuoso  - Hélène Grimaud 
02 Schumann : Piano Concerto Op.54 in A minor : II Intermezzo - Andantino grazioso  - Hélène Grimaud 
03 Schumann : Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54 : III Allegro vivace  - Hélène Grimaud 
04 Strauss, Richard : Burleske in D minor : I Allegro vivace  - Hélène Grimaud 
05 Strauss, Richard : Burleske in D minor : II Tranquillo  - Hélène Grimaud 
06 Strauss, Richard : Burleske in D minor : III A tempo - Sostenuto  - Hélène Grimaud 
07 Strauss, Richard : Burleske in D minor : IV Un poco animato - Quasi cadenza  - Hélène Grimaud 

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