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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 3 / Michael Ponti


Release Date: 11/04/1992 
Label:  Vox Box Catalog #: 5066   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Moritz MoszkowskiFranz Xaver ScharwenkaAnton RubinsteinSigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Michael Ponti
Conductor:  Richard KappRichard StrackeOthmar M. F. Mága
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Symphony OrchestraWestphalian Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia Hungarica
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Moszkowski's reputation has largely rested on minor salon trifles but this concerto (a four-movement work) suggests that he was a composer of greater stature with an inventive turn of mind and the ablity to handle ideas with skill. In this respect, Scharwenka is not quite in the same league but if his musical thoughts are not very original—elements of Chopin in the slow movement and finale remind us that Scharwenka was admired for his interpretations of this composer—he nevertheless presents them with exciting panache. Ponti transcends the challenges of both concertos with enviable ease.

-- Gramophone [5/1993] Reviewing Moszkowski and Scharwenka recordings.
Moszkowski's reputation has largely rested on minor salon trifles but this concerto (a four-movement work) suggests that he was a composer of greater stature with an inventive turn of mind and the ablity to handle ideas with skill. In this respect, Scharwenka is not quite in the same league but if his musical thoughts are not very original—elements of Chopin in the slow movement and finale remind us that Scharwenka was admired for his interpretations of this composer—he nevertheless presents them with exciting panache. Ponti transcends the challenges of both concertos with enviable ease.

-- Gramophone [5/1993] Reviewing Moszkowski and Scharwenka recordings.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in E major, Op. 59 by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Michael Ponti (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Kapp,  Richard Stracke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra,  Westphalian Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 56 by Franz Xaver Scharwenka
Performer:  Michael Ponti (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Poland 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in D minor, Op. 70 by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Michael Ponti (Piano)
Conductor:  Othmar M. F. Mága
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Russia 
4.
Concerto for Piano in F minor, Op. 5 by Sigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Michael Ponti (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

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