Brahms, R Strauss

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COMPOSERS: Brahms,R Strauss
LABELS: Apex
WORKS: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; R Strauss: Burleske
PERFORMER: Hélène Grimaud (piano); German SO, Berlin/David Zinman
CATALOGUE NO: 2564 68071-5

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Grimaud’s Brahms No. 1 is fiery and exciting, though Sanderling’s slow tempos in the first movement underplay the tension. Grimaud is particularly effective in Strauss’s Burleske, recorded in a different and better acoustic. Calum MacDonald