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The Romantic Piano Concerto 21 - Kullak, Dreyschock / Lane


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67086   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Theodor KullakAlexander Dreyschock
Performer:  Piers Lane
Conductor:  Niklas Willén
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The 19th century had an amazing flowering of composing talent that is being discovered even to this day, as Hyperion's celebrated Romantic Piano Concerto series certainly proves. With two world premiere recordings in this disc, Hyperion has served up one of the best in its series.
Theodor Kullak's Piano Concerto in C minor has the impulsiveness and dexterity of Beethoven but filtered through a light Mendelssonian sensibility. Kullak was a virtuoso too which accounts for this concerto's Chopinesque flourishes, played with effortless dexterity by the nimble-fingered Piers Lane. The Piano Concerto in D minor by Alexander Dreyshock also has a fetching lightness and charm. With touches of the dark-hued dynamism and vigor that would later
Read more emerge in full force with Schumann and Brahms, this piece is a real firework of a concerto.
Are these piano concertos newly discovered masterpieces? Perhaps not. But they are nonetheless delightful and engaging works. Certainly this outstanding recording and performance (Lane has also written a splendid essay to accompany these pieces) gives these neglected works the overdue treatment they deserve.
REVIEWS:
Fanfare (1-2/00, pp.273-274) - "...These two new works...[are] functional concertos, designed to show off the technical facilities of their composers....Certainly, Piers Lane does everything he can to bring them to life....this is one the piano buffs will have to have..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 55 by Theodor Kullak
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Conductor:  Niklas Willén
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 34 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano in D minor, Op. 137 by Alexander Dreyschock
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Conductor:  Niklas Willén
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 24 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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