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Brahms: Piano Pieces, Op. 116-119

Hélène Grimaud , Johannes Brahms Audio CD
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1. Fantasien Op.116: Capriccio - Presto Energico
2. Fantasien Op.116: Intermezzo - Andante
3. Fantasien Op.116: Capriccio - Allegro Passionato
4. Fantasien Op.116: Intermezzo - Adagio
5. Fantasien Op.116: Intermezzo - Andante Con Grazia
6. Fantasien Op.116: Intermezzo - Andantino Teneramente
7. Fantasien Op.116: Capriccio - Allegro Agitato
8. Drei Intermezzi Op. 117: Andante Moderato
9. Drei Intermezzi Op. 117: Andante Non Troppo
10. Drei Intermezzi Op. 117: Andante Con Moto
11. Klavierstucke Op. 118: Intermezzo - Allegro Non Assai
12. Klavierstucke Op. 118: Intermezzo - Andante Teneramente
13. Klavierstucke Op. 118: Ballada - Allegro Energico
14. Klavierstucke Op. 118: Intermezzo - Allegretto Un Poco Agitato
15. Klavierstucke Op. 118: Romanze - Andante
16. Klavierstucke Op. 118: Intermezzo - Andante, Largo E Mesto
17. Klavierstucke Op. 119: Intermezzo - Adagio
18. Klavierstucke Op. 119: Intermezzo - Andante Un Poco Agitato
19. Klavierstucke Op. 119: Intermezzo - Grazioso E Giocoso
20. Klavierstucke Op. 119: Rhapsodie - Allegro Risoluto

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Hélène Grimaud enregistre là les plus belles pages que Brahms a composées pour le piano. Fantaisies, Intermezzi, Klavierstücke ont pour point commun un large spectre émotionnel que peu de pianistes arrivent à développer. Derrière la technicité de ces pièces se cache l'essentiel : l'expression. La vision tourmentée d'Hélène Grimaud convient parfaitement à ces partitions romantiques dans l'âme. Tantôt pastel, tantôt vives, les couleurs du clavier de Grimaud s'exposent sous nos yeux avec conviction. L'exécution de ces pièces prouve la grande personnalité de la pianiste française. --Pierre Graveleau

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2.0 out of 5 stars Never gets to the heart and soul May 5 2003
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I have to agree with the other reviewers who express reservations about Grimaud's getting to the bottom of this music, despite all the rubato, all the thrashing at the keyboard. Rather than enhancing this music, I heard all the Big Romanticism as an indication that she really doesn't know how to make these works sing on their own. Right after playing this disc I put on Julius Katchen in these same works and was amazed at the effortless, direct quality of his playing. These are really very simple pieces in the way they strike the ear. Of course, they're really not simple (certainly not techniclaly) but they are supposed to sound simple and direct. I think Grimaud miscalculates the weight each of these miniatures can bear and makes them too heavy, too overburdened. It's like playing the Brahms Second Concerto as though it were the Brahms First Concerto.
This is the second time she has recorded at least some of these works. Her earlier go at op. 118, for Denon, despite already showing a tendency towards the outsizedness here, are cleaner, clearer and more expressive. Here, as in a number of her recent recordings, I feel like she's hiding behind her keyboard technique rather than using it to illuminate. Maybe she needs to spend less time with her wolves.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uh..no Sept. 3 2000
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Having heard her live performance of the Bach-Busoni Chaccone and Brahms 2nd sonata, I thought I would give this disk a try. It has now become one of my least favorite disks, earning an unfortunate place next to anything Argerich. This is "conservatory pianism" at its best...or would that be worst? Her audible labored breathing, which fools the average listener into thinking that there is something profound going on, doesn't mean anything artistically, and does nothing to advance the music-making. It is the first of many annoyances. Almost every phrase is disproportionate in terms of rubato, with the first few notes crawling at a snails pace, then the rest scurrying unsuccessfully to make up the time. (Of course, that is essentially what rubato is, but again, her's is unsettling.) None of the great pianists do either of these things. Also, after hearing the entire disk, I felt as though I had eaten the same food for every course of the meal...there is no humor or simplicity on this disk. Every piece was clothed in the same dreary garments such that my wife asked me to turn it off. I recommend Radu Lupu's Brahms. ( I still like to look at her picture though...very attractive.)
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2.0 out of 5 stars call me crazy... April 18 2000
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maybe I'm crazy, but I thought this recording stunk. Others are raving about it, but I found her playing to be superficial...Technically good, yes, but without much real soul or contemplation. I simply don't like pianists who play for themselves and not for the music. I hear more of her than of Brahms, even though he was the one who put down the notes. Too many performers impose themselves on the music. I agree with Stravinsky, who despised the notion of "interpretation". Usually this amounts to dramatic gestures and melodramatic posing, while overlooking the real meaning and beauty of the music...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and moving March 13 2004
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This is one of my top 2 favorite CDs from Ms. Grimaud. I really wish I could hear her perform a recital of this disc. It's great, I don't know of many recordings for these works. Too bad Brendel won't record them, that would be fun to hear. Anyway, Grimaud's playing on this disc really made me take notice of Brahms' music more than ever before, so I must thank her for this. These works from Brahms are some of the most persona;/intimate masterpieces ever written for solo piano, and that intimacy comes across very well in this recording. Much better than Grimaud's Beethoven recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest, heartfelt success Jan. 9 2004
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This disc has been a favorite of mine since I bought it several years ago. The music and interpretation seem to speak to me. I play it when I need to know that there are still people of feeling and emotion out there. The disc is generously filled--well over 70 minutes--and the sound of the piano is first rate. I am not at all bothered by the occasional extraneous sound (breathing, etc.) that you would expect to hear in a performance. It actually reminds me that there is effort and desire involved in this endeavor. There is nice variety in the music of these selections, and the disc makes for rewarding continuous listening.
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