GRIEG Piano Concerto. Lyric PIeces

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Edvard Grieg

Genre:

Orchestral

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: HMC90 2205

HMC90 2205. GRIEG Piano Concerto. Lyric PIeces

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Lyric Pieces, Book 5 Javier Perianes
Edvard Grieg Composer
Lyric Pieces, Book 9 Javier Perianes
Edvard Grieg Composer
Lyric Pieces, Book 3 Edvard Grieg Composer
Javier Perianes
Lyric Pieces, Book 5 Edvard Grieg Composer
Javier Perianes
Lyric Pieces, Book 3 Edvard Grieg Composer
Javier Perianes
Lyric Pieces, Book 10 Edvard Grieg Composer
Javier Perianes
Lyric Pieces, Book 10 Edvard Grieg Composer
Javier Perianes
Lyric Pieces, Book 2 Javier Perianes
Edvard Grieg Composer
Lyric Pieces, Book 6 Edvard Grieg Composer
Javier Perianes
Lyric Pieces, Book 4 Javier Perianes
Edvard Grieg Composer
Lyric Pieces, Book 9 Edvard Grieg Composer
Javier Perianes
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Sakari Oramo
Edvard Grieg Composer
Javier Perianes
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Lyric Pieces, Book 1 Edvard Grieg Composer
Javier Perianes
It takes a brave man to record the Grieg Piano Concerto with the spectres of pianists such as Lipatti, Michelangeli, Lupu, Perahia and Andsnes long celebrated on disc. But the young Spanish virtuoso Javier Perianes’s performance is of such a fearless and arresting brilliance that it virtually erases memories of the past. For here is the Grieg restored to all its first icy, northern and unsentimental glory. Again, if a more tearless Grieg is hard to imagine, such clear-sightedness is complemented by melting poetry in, for example, the first movement’s second subject. The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo are with their soloist all the way so that you may well find yourself falling in love and in awe all over again with this evergreen Romantic masterpiece.

For his coupling, Perianes opts for a selection of the Lyric Pieces (Grieg’s confessional diary) rather than the standard offering of the Schumann Concerto. Like Gilels on his legendary disc (DG, 2/97), he unveils a whole world of intimate feeling and I doubt whether the ‘Nocturne’, to take a single example, has often been played with such rapt intensity. Perianes is memorably sensitive to Grieg’s alternating euphoria and depression in ‘Homesickness’ and ‘At your feet’, ending, like Gilels, with ‘Remembrance’, that heart-stopping valedictory waltz. Harmonia Mundi’s sound is crystal-clear, crowning a record that confirms Liszt’s admiration for Grieg and erases sniping estimates by Debussy and, more recently, Alfred Brendel.

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