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H/Salonen;E-Swedish Ra Grimaud Audio CD
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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 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 Unique Feb. 24 2004
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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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By Grady Harp TOP 500 REVIEWER
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CREDO is simply one of the most extraordinary CDs ever to be released. DGG has set a precedent for significant 'recordings' that can only enhance the future of Classical Music survival for the home listener. The concept of this thoughtful grouping of four works is the brain child of the phenomenal pianist Helene Grimaud the concept of interweaving musical threads from Bach and Beethoven through the contemporary John Corigliano and Arvo Part results here in an experience that is at once satisfying to the mind and to the heart. This is programming at its best!
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What classical music should be
Exciting, emotional, beautiful and interesting, that's what sets this apart from the rest of the classical pack. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Mark McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative programming
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 more
Published on May 1 2004 by Hoi Fund Cheu
5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to Grimaud
All of the reviewers before me (sans the idiot from Detroit) have given rave and well thought reviews to this disc. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by none
3.0 out of 5 stars Staright Trippin
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 more
Published on Feb. 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the freshest Beethoven I have ever heard
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
Published on Feb. 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Thoughtful
This is such an involving listening experience that it seems odd that more classical music CDs don't borrow the approach espoused here. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe...
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...this is an interesting recording that deserves to be heard both for its unusual coupling as well as for the performances given here. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by "tommwi"
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I cannot agree more with the review by tommwi, above and markfarf,below.
A unique and sonically exceptional selection of pieces, coming together in an enormously satisfying... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Michael Watson
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