- Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
- Concerto for piano & orchestra No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT 48
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These concertos by Chopin and Grieg have been recorded so frequently that any new version needs to sound especially fresh and vital to stand out from the crowd. Luckily, there's plenty of freshness and vitality in these performances by Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Perhaps this is the result of the pianist's recent dalliance with jazz -- on Conversations with Bill Evans and Reflections on Duke (as in Ellington) -- or perhaps it's the exhilarating presence of Valery Gergiev on the podium. Whatever the cause, Thibaudet's playing displays a kind of elegant joie de vivre reminiscent of the late Arthur Rubinstein. His Grieg has real rhythmic flair, particularly in the buoyant finale, and the slow movement is hypnotically rhapsodic, thanks in large part to Gergiev's exquisite rendering of the quiet orchestral introduction. Chopin's F Minor Concerto is molded more delicately, both by pianist and orchestra, and Thibaudet allows himself greater freedom, creating a stylish sense of lyrical spontaneity. Recordings of the Grieg by Dinu Lipatti and Murray Perahia, and of the Chopin by Rubinstein and Martha Argerich still take pride of place, but anyone looking for an alternative view of these concertos should find this new disc eminently satisfying.