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Pierre Boulez, Krystian Zimerman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Hélène Grimaud - Béla Bartók: The Piano Concertos (2005)

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Pierre Boulez, Krystian Zimerman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Hélène Grimaud - Béla Bartók: The Piano Concertos (2005)

Pierre Boulez, Krystian Zimerman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Hélène Grimaud - Béla Bartók: The Piano Concertos (2005)
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Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 5330 | Recorded: 2001, 2003, 2004

Three concertos, three orchestras, three soloists, one conductor–an interesting concept, and it works. These are very fine performances by any standard. The First Concerto at first seems not to have quite as much rhythmic heft as say, Kocsis or Ashkenazy, but a glance at the score reveals Pierre Boulez and Krystian Zimerman to be exceptionally attentive to Bartók’s dynamic markings. The first fortissimo arrives five bars after figure 11, exactly as written, but it would be a mistake to typify this reading in any way as soft-edged. Bartók himself, as a pianist, was noteworthy for stressing his music’s lyricism and folk-orientation. So does Zimerman, and the combination of this quality with Boulez’s typical clarity makes for an unusually probing reading.
The Second Concerto goes even better. Leif Ove Andsnes attacks the outer movements with exceptional gusto. The Chicago Symphony’s virtuosity in the First Concerto may have been expected, but the response of the Berliners is no less remarkable, especially in the finale, where they really pull out all the stops. Excellent balances between soloist and orchestra ensure a characterful interplay of melodies and textures, especially in the haunted second movement (here taken quite slowly, comparatively speaking). Hélène Grimaud’s contribution to the Third Concerto may be the most controversial: she’s quite free and Romantic in her phrasing, and in the central Adagio religioso her more overt sentimentality could be seen as working against the grain of the music (at least when compared to the simpler, more inward approach of Kocsis). Nor is the playing of the LSO quite on a par with that of Chicago, and especially Berlin–but then the Third Concerto really does inhabit a different world from the first two, and some listeners surely will find Grimaud’s approach convincing. She certainly plays extremely well.
Given the different recording venues, the sonics are surprisingly well equalized from one performance to the next, and while my reference edition remains Kocsis on Philips, this disc does full justice to the music and provides an excellent showcase for three of today’s most interesting and exciting pianists. It’s a keeper, for sure.
–David Hurwitz

Performer:
Krystian Zimerman, piano (1-3)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1-3)
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano (4-6)
Berliner Philharmoniker (4-6)
Hélène Grimaud, piano (7-9)
London Symphony Orchestra (7-9)
Pierre Boulez, conductor

Tracklist:
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Piano Concerto No. 1, BB 91, Sz. 83
01. I. Allegro moderato - Allegro
02. II. Andante
03. III. Allegro molto - Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 2, BB 101, Sz. 95
04. I. Allegro
05. II. Adagio - Più adagio - Presto
06. III. Allegro molto
Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119
07. I. Allegretto
08. II. Adagio religioso
09. III. Allegro vivace


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Pierre Boulez, Krystian Zimerman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Hélène Grimaud - Béla Bartók: The Piano Concertos (2005)

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