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Top Customer Reviews
Much to my surprise, though, the work I have listened to most often, with rapt attention, is the title track "Credo" (by Arvo Part, a composer I thought I wasn't fond of). Upon first listening, I literally said "Wow!" This is powerful music and led me to change my opinion of Arvo Part. For those of you who, like me, disdain most modern works, this may change your opinion. Very highly recommeded!
Same goes for the "Fantasia". Salonen leads a complelling orchestral performance and the work comes out in a fine shape, finer than most and surely doing as much as this composition (not quite the most "refined" of Beethoven's) allows in terms of music.
I can't say much about the other two pieces as is the first time I try to listen to them but the Beethoven on this disc surely makes him worthy of all the attention. I must say that I will definitely look forward to other recordings of Beethoven's piano solo work by what seems to be a very profound and expressive pianist.
I can not think of another CD of extraordinary music that has moved me so strongly. The recording is absolutely pristine and intimate. This is Grimaud's territory and she commands this aura with a spiritual depth and vision as few others ever have. It's going to be tough to come up with a more devastatingly beautiful CD than this.
Besides this architectural aspect, one can agree that Grimaud's charisma is indeed unique. The way she captures such intensity in Corigliano's Fantasia, with such a small thematic material, is incredible, as in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, a work that some would define as a "minor" piece, but which takes all its expression under Grimaud's fingers.
As for the Credo - which is also the title of the recording (a very rare attempt for a classical album) - although I like it a bit less, the imagination and the enthousiasm that emanates from the pianist are just fabulous, and makes the work enjoyable.
Both Salonen and the orchstra have done a great job, with such conviction that one can only love this recording.
For French speaking fans of Helene Grimaud, I invite them to buy immediately on Amazon's french site her own "biography" she wrote beautifully - I do not exaggerate - by herself, Variations Sauvages (Wild Variations), in which, besides her qualities as a writer, shows us (just like in the booklet of the CD) that she is also a very fine philosopher.
Helene Grimaud is a pianist of great dexterity and intelligence, but she is also a pianist who imbues the composers' works with inner strength of spirit and is not afraid to allow her own convictions about the piece to come forward. One is reminded of the great Romantic pianists whose personality enhanced their playing instead of seeming to concentrate on mere reproduction of the composers' wishes. Her playing is warm, the strength coming from not just the fingers but the entire body. She is partnered by Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir and as always, Salonen finds the essence of the works in a way as fresh as the finest conductors of history (and present).
The CD opens with John Corigliano's Fantasia on a theme from the Beethoven 7th Symphony's 'Allegretto' - a work of haunting spare beauty played with mysticism by Grimaud. This whisper segues into the Tempest Sonata by Beethoven in which Grimaud demonstrates that she can delve into the majesty of Beethoven with the finest of Beethoven specialists. Almost without pause the third work (Beethoven's Choral Fantasy) begins and by the time the chorus enters it is difficult not to feel as though we are witnessing Elysian.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Exciting, emotional, beautiful and interesting, that's what sets this apart from the rest of the classical pack. Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Mark McLaughlin
This innovative programme works. If more CDs can provide new perspectives to modern and classic canon through such careful (though risky) programming, the Internet will not be so... Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Hoi Cheu
All of the reviewers before me (sans the idiot from Detroit) have given rave and well thought reviews to this disc. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by none
Yo yo yo. Dis cd was straight trippin doe. Its was aight at first, i was listenin to it wit my homies and they was like "Why are you hangin out with us you don't even know us,... Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004
This is going to to become a historic CD. Ms. Grimaud's, and also Mr. Salonen's first recording on DG.
And what a joy this is. Ms. Read more
This is such an involving listening experience that it seems odd that more classical music CDs don't borrow the approach espoused here. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by Tom
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