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CHAN 10814
(multiple CD Set)

Scharwenka: Complete Piano Concertos

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 48Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra


Jarvi, Neeme


Alexander Markovich

piano

Venue:

Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn



Producer:

Maido Maadik


Ralph Couzens

(Executive)

Engineer:

Maido Maadik



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 139:37
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FRANZ XAVER SCHARWENKA

(1850-1924)
   
 

Concerto No. 1, Op. 32, Scharw. 125 (1876)

30:13  
  in B flat minor - in b-Moll - en si bémol mineur  
  for Piano and Orchestra  
  Franz Liszt verehrungsvoll zugeeignet  
1 I Allegro patetico - Più animato - Tempo I - Più animato - 10:39
2 II [Scherzo.] Allegro assai 7:06
3 III Allegro non tanto - Molto più vivo - Molto più lento - 12:21
   
 

Concerto No. 2, Op. 56, Scharw. 126 (1881)

38:19  
  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
  for Piano and Orchestra  
4 I Allegro - Un poco meno mosso - Cadenza - Tempo I - 18:56
5 II Adagio 10:22
6 III Allegro non troppo - Più mosso 8:55
   
 

Concerto No. 3, Op. 80, Scharw. 127 (1889)

31:34  
  in C sharp minor - in cis-Moll - en ut dièse mineur  
  for Piano and Orchestra  
  Rafael Joseffy freundschaftlich zugeeignet  
7 I Maestoso - Cadenza. Poco più animato - 14:06
  Poco meno mosso -  
8 II Adagio - 6:41
9 Allegro non troppo - Meno mosso - Poco più lento, quasi Andante - 10:41
   
 

Concerto No. 4, Op. 82, Scharw. 128 (1908)

39:57  
  in F minor - F-Moll - en fa mineur  
  for Piano and Orchestra  
  Ihrer Majestät der Königin Elisabeth von Rumänien ehrfurchtsvoll zugeeignet  
10 I Allegro patetico - Molto più lento - Poco meno mosso - Più lento - 19:46
11 II Intermezzo. Allegretto molto tranquillo - 6:51
  Un poco più animato -  
12 III Lento, mesto [Lento maestoso] - 6:41
13 Allegro con fuoco [Allegro non troppo] - 6:32

Scharwenka: Piano Concertos Nos 1 – 4 – Alexander Markovich, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

The Polish-born German composer Franz Xaver Scharwenka was a much lauded and beloved figure of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century music. His four piano concertos are central works among his small output. They have here been recorded together for the first time.

Piano Concerto No. 1 was dedicated to Liszt and brought Scharwenka great renown. Originally conceived as a solo piano Fantasy, it was reworked as a piano concerto which in its content, despite a seemingly conventional three-movement structure, reflects its origin as a fantasia. The Second Piano Concerto seems to represent a step back stylistically, echoing the conservative style of Brahms. However, the influence of his native Poland can also be heard in allusions to Chopin as well as in Polish dance elements in the finale. The Third Concerto, in C sharp minor, opens with impressively powerful music reflective of this key signature, but in its highly romantic way it also introduces delicate and lyrical passages. Perhaps the finest of the concertos, the Fourth was met with astonishing enthusiasm at its premiere in 1908. It is an enormously varied work, a quality typified in the ‘roller-coaster’ first movement which moves rapidly from one expressive world to another.



 “… Markovich’s stamina is astounding. Chandos has put us in its debt by making all these works so easily available. 50 years ago, there would have been no chance of hearing them at all.”     ****

Michael Round – International Piano magazine – September/October 2014

 "All Scharwenka’s Piano Concertos together for the first time, this ricochets with musical rewards. Echoes from Chopin to Rachmaninov are all brought out in Markovich’s prodigious pianism." ****

John Allison - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - September 2014


                     Interpretation ******          Sound *****          Repertoire *****

H-D Grünefeld - Piano News magazine (Germany) - July/August 2014


“This long-awaited Chandos set gathers the four piano concertos by Franz Xaver Scharwenka (1850-1924) together for the first time, in thrilling performances from Alexander Markovich and the Estonian National Symphony under Neeme Järvi… this new survey of Scharwenka’s piano concertos is a personal triumph for Markovich who consistently delivers titanic pianism that few can match these days. Recorded sound, from the Estonia Concert hall in Tallinn, more than lives up to the exacting standards we’ve come to expect from Chandos, and informative booklet notes by Adrian Thomas complete this invaluable and authoritative issue.

Michael Jameson – International Record Review – May 2014




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