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Schumann: Piano Concerto; Piano Quintet ()

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Deutsche Grammophon has another excellent Schumann Concerto in its catalog, the Pollini/Abbado, with the Berlin Philharmonic, coupled with a good but not great Schoenberg Piano Concerto. Not surprisingly, Pollini is more muscular and evenly balanced in the Schumann, even if he is, as usual, a bit straitlaced. Pires is always the sensitive and probing artist, or so it seems. Here, she is alert from the opening descending chords to the expressive potential in every bar. She puts much more thinking and feeling in her interpretation than Pollini and most others I've heard.While some may find her frequent use of rubato somewhat overdone, most will likely judge it a positive trait in her generally epic/Romantic view of this score. As mentioned, Pollini is more muscular, but Pires aims for and attains a bigger vision of the Schumann. Thus, her finale has a Brahmsian sort of feel; so, for that matter, does her first movement, though its more ponderous moments have a sensual aura about them that contrasts well... Hide synopsis

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