Janne Mertanen, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Koivula - Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:10 | 244 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Alba Records | Catalog: ABCD 356
Finnish pianist Janne Mertanen, known mostly for Chopin recordings, here takes on probably the most-often-recorded pairing in the Romantic piano literature, the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, of Schumann, and the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, of Grieg. Does Mertanen have anything new to say here? Perhaps not totally, but his Grieg, from the very first grand gesture, is in the top rank of recordings of this well-loved work. The first movement is a dramatic tour de force, with the momentum carrying the music through what is often a rather leisurely episodic structure, and the central-movement nocturne is extremely delicately done.