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New York Times chooses two Pierre-Laurent Aimard CDs in their Best of 2004

New York Times chooses two Pierre-Laurent Aimard CDs in their Best of 2004

12th December 2004: Two of Pierre-Laurent Aimard's CDs, one of which also stars Thomas Zehetmair, Clemens Hagen and Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the other which features the magnificent mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, have been chosen by the New York Times as part of their 25 Best Classical CDs of 2004: BEETHOVEN: TRIPLE CONCERTO, CHORAL FANTASY (2564 60602-2) Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pianist; Thomas Zehetmair, violinist; Clemens Hagen, cellist; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Warner Classics) The Triple Concerto is still sometimes considered an acquired taste, but not with this lineup of soloists. Here are three of the most thoughtful and engaging musicians around, playing with easy collegiality, earthy vigor, sparkling clarity and a dashing sense of style. The Choral Fantasy is a generous parting gift. JEREMY EICHLER IVES: SONGS, 'CONCORD' SONATA (2564 60297-2) Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pianist (Warner Classics) Susan Graham homes in on the expressive core of these lovably quirky songs, swinging from tender and heartfelt to playfully puckish. Then, Pierre-Laurent Aimard applies his fabled new-music chops to the "Concord Sonata," making it sound like the thrillingly gnarled, restlessly visionary music it once was - and still is. JEREMY EICHLER