Brahms: Piano Pieces, Op. 116-119
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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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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.
In a way, her ambiguous stance toward the music makes the CD a to-own, a worthy addition to the collection of connoisseurs who already own say, five recordings of all these haunting 'lullabies of sorrow'.
But, alas, that's the problem really... there just isn't enough 'sorrow' in Grimaud's youthful soul-thrashing approach to the music, although there is a good dose of 'haunting'. She makes the Intermezzi press forward (A Major) or lean back (e minor) too much; or else glosses over moments of surreal beauty that others might dwell on.
In spite of it all, however, I really like this recording. It has a sort of 'involved detachment' only a young French woman living in the US could pull off-- Grimaud's is a 'postmodern' and 'pan-cultural' reading of Brahms. Ego there is (we could do without THAT many breathing sounds!); but late at night in the lamplit hazes of pre-sleep, I think Helene fit to conjure the shade of Brahms, the old master, in his maturest reflections.
I find the music to be richly recorded but not overbearing. I enjoy Ms. Grimaud's playing. I have other discs with some of the pieces on this recording. I find that this recording compares favorably with these others in my collection. I would recommend this disc to another purchaser without reservation.
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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. Read morePublished on March 13 2004
This disc has been a favorite of mine since I bought it several years ago. The music and interpretation seem to speak to me. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by CM
Grimaud's Brahms recording is, quite simply, a masterpiece! Ms. Grimaud fully understands the structural complexity of Brahms' piano music and she conveys the deep senses of... Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2000