Schumann / Grieg – Klavierkonzerte in a-moll

Two piano concertos from the romantic era, both written in the same key. A-minor is the ‘lazy’ key: it uses no black keys on the piano. After so many years of listening to classical music, I still find it difficult to compare these two concerts though.

The Swiss-Hungarian pianist Géza Anda celebrated successes for the Deutsche Grammophon label until he died in 1976. He was mainly known for his Mozart recordings, and in 1967 he recorded the 21st pianoconcerto for the movie Elvira Madigan. I wrote about that earlier. It was his performance, along with the movie, that gave that concert its name.

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