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H/Salonen;E-Swedish Ra Grimaud Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. Fantasia On An Ostinato
2. 1. Largo - Allegro (Op.31 No.2 'Tempest')
3. 2. Adagio
4. 3. Allegretto
5. 1. Adagio
6. 2. Finale: Allegro - Meno Allegro - Allegro
7. Credo For Piano Solo, Mixed Choir And Orchestra

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have disc June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this disc primarily for the "choral fantasy" and "the tempest" written by Beethoven and was not in any manner dissapointed. In fact, this is the best "choral fantasy" I have heard. The emotion of this music literally pours from the speakers.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good sign June 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
Beethoven is the essential figure of my music world and I aproach each disc with his music very critically. And this one came as a surprise. I must admit that I stopped believing that Beethoven will be played as he used to be by the great pianists of the last century (Backhaus, Schnabel, Arrau to name a few). But Helene does a very fine job. The "Tempest" sounds and feels as right as you might expect. The tempi, the intonation, the understanding of the music are all in place producing a very convincing rendition of this sonata. I couldn't help notice a very intelligent and eloquent left hand. As another reviewer said there are some very fine versions availabe but this one will tell you as much about it. Helene produces a very beutiful sound and a very deeply musical experience in a true Beethovenian spirit.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What classical music should be May 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
Exciting, emotional, beautiful and interesting, that's what sets this apart from the rest of the classical pack. helene is an amazing piano player and manages to include amazing depths of emotion through her instrument. She is also of course amazingly great technically and should be deeply respected by all musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative programming May 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 much of a threat to the industry. Much we can learn from Hélène Grimaud.
Grimaud's Beethoven is powerful, and Avon Part's finale is a joy. Some may not like his allusion to Bach, but I find it refreshing of the greatest moments of Bach, Charles Ives, as well as Part himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devastatingly Beautiful April 15 2004
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Helene Grimaud is one of the most mystifying pianists of our time. She has a connection with the music that seems to be so intimately part of its execution that you could imagine the composers waiting for her to play these pieces. There is a spiritual as well as thematic integration at work here among the selections. Corrigliano's piece bears its Beethoven 7th stamp in its heart and soul. Very much the essence of both Corr and Ludwig comes out in Grimaud's wonderful articulation. Turning then to Beethoven himself, she delivers The Tempest as though foretelling Corigliano. This infinite stance between two mirrors will ride with you long after you slip the CD back in its case. Helene finishes with Part, and the whole program is taken to another spiritual plain altogether.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to Grimaud Feb. 27 2004
By none
Format:Audio CD
All of the reviewers before me (sans the idiot from Detroit) have given rave and well thought reviews to this disc. I'm just here to balance out the 3 stars given by the idiot from Detroit and to say that the rendition of Beethoven Op. 31 on this disc is one of the best I've heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Feb. 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This new recording made by Helene Grimaud proves eventually that classical music isn't as narrow as some people tend to say. The program presented has been carefully planed by the artist(listen for example to the allusion to the Tempest Sonata achieved by Grimaud, just after the first orchestral entry of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy)
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.
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