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CHAN 6621
(multiple CD Set)
Romantic Piano Concertos

Brahms/ Menselssohn/Sain-Saëns/Schumann: Romantic Piano Concertos

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2000

Originally recorded in 1999

Artists:

London Philharmonic Orchestra


London Symphony Orchestra


London Symphony Orchestra

*

Bryden Thomson


Israela Margalit

piano

Venue:

St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London


Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London



Producer:

Ralph Couzens

(Brahms & Mendelssohn)

Brian Couzens

(Schumann & Saint-Saëns)

Engineer:

Ralph Couzens



Record Label
Collect

Genre:

Piano


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 117:31
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JOHANNES BRAHMS

(1833-1897)
 

Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15*

48:12  
  in D minor  
1 I Maestoso 22:41
2 II Adagio 13:44
3 III Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo 11:47
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

(1809-1847)
4 

Capriccio brillant, Op. 22*

10:50
  in B minor  
  Andante - Allegro con fuoco  
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

(1810-1856)
 

Piano Concerto, Op. 54

34:17  
  in A minor  
5 I Allegro affettuoso 16:59
6 II Intermezzo: Andantino - 6:23
7 III Allegro vivace 10:53
 

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS

(1835-1921)
 

Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22

24:16  
  in G minor  
8 I Andante sostenuto 11:32
9 II Scherzando 5:45
10 III Presto 6:57
   
 Israela Margalit piano
 Bryden Thomson
  12-13 December 1988 (Brahms & Mendelssohn)  
  17-18 December 1986 (Schumann & Saint-Saëns)  
A rare opportunity to enjoy a beautiful collection of complete performances.

This unique coupling celebrates the Romantic repertoire for piano and orchestra, bringing together four contrasting yet complementary works.

This two-disc collection includes Israela Margalit’s acclaimed account of Brahms’s mighty First Piano Concerto together with Mendelssohn’s Caprriccio brillant and piano concertos by Schumann and Saint-Saëns.


Brahms’s First Piano Concerto was initially greeted with a somewhat hostile reaction by audiences who were obviously unhappy with both the vast scale of the work and, more particularly, with Brahms’s radical decision to divide the thematic material evenly between orchestra and soloist. The first movement boasts some five separate themes, each with a role to play in the structure. The ‘Adagio’ which follows was inspired by Brahms’s feelings for Schumann’s wife, whilst the Rondo finale boasts some of the composer’s finest melodic creations.

Mendelssohn composed his ‘Capriccio brillant’ in the space of two days. At the premiere in London, the audience insisted upon an immediate encore. Written shortly after his First Piano Concerto, the eleven-minute work comprises an exquisite ‘Andante’ followed by a stormy sonata-form ‘Allegro con fuoco’.

The inherent lyricism and almost mono-thematic development of Schumann’s Piano Concerto results in an intimacy which has never failed to transfix audiences. From the opening piano flourish (which would inspire Grieg and Rachmaninov in their own concerti), this is a highly inventive score which makes considerable demands upon the soloist.

French wit, sophistication and style are the characteristics of Saint-Saëns’s sparkling Second Piano Concerto. Between the dramatic piano opening and canonic ascent, and the final whirlwind tarantella, the listener is treated to a scintillating musical journey. The central movement encapsulates the spirit of the music with a second subject whose arrival represents something of a disruption to the calm proceedings.



‘These are bold and muscular performances… More than most pianists she manages, largely through her superb control of dynamics, to draw the first movement of the Saint-Saëns in a single arch.’
Fanfare

‘Chandos have provided a particularly brilliant recording of the solo piano, and the orchestral sound is very good.’
Gramophone

‘[Margalit] draws a most beautiful and varied tone-quality from her instrument, and there is a particular flexibility of colour in her clear, elegant technique, and a sensitivity in her use of phrase which enables her to illumine Brahms’s musical argument in a very alive immediate fashion.’
Gramophone



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