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Hélène Grimaud, who started recording as a teenager, is a splendid pianist. But this isn’t a splendid record, and it’s not all her fault. The Schumann Concerto is beautifully played by the pianist, but David Zinman doesn’t get much impulse out of the orchestra. The over-resonant recording smothers whatever rhythmic vitality the orchestra’s playing had. Once we get to Strauss, though, the blame gets spread around, as the playing of both the soloist and the orchestra seems to be pretty where it should be exciting, even demonic. Try Martha Argerich or Peter Serkin (both Sony) for the Strauss, Ivan Moravec (Dorian) or Nelson Freire (Odyssey) for the Schumann. — Leslie Gerber