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Rondo Brillante - Hummel, Czerny, Reinecke, Weber, Mendelssohn / Pierce, Rezucha, Slovak State Symphony


Release Date: 08/22/2006 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1196   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl CzernyJohann Nepomuk HummelCarl ReineckeFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Joshua Pierce
Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The world of pianistic extravagance is boldly served on this new disc... Each piece has charming music amid the pyrotechnics but what sticks is the audacious manner in which the composers treat the piano as an instrument of grand flourishes and almost breathless buoyancy. No keyboard wallflowers need apply here.

The music exemplifies the kind of opulent writing composers were supplying virtuosos in the day - either themselves or others. Mendelssohn's Rondo Brillante in E-flat major has typical brightness and thematic poetry, which reams of glistening material to keep the soloist happily occupied. The piece eschews the big contrasts of tempo and atmosphere that the disc's other repertoire embraces. But it is a delightful
Read more concoction. So are the slightly more expansive creations by Czerny, Hummel, Reinecke and Weber...On a series of more playful notes is Hummel's Introduction and Rondo Brillante in A major which abounds in energetic, heavily embroidered writing of enormous rhythmic vitality. In Weber's Konzerstucke in F minor the pianist engages in vibrant conversations with the orchestra, even as it scampers by way of octave leaps and perpetual-motion ascents and descents of tireless intrigue. Most sweeping of all is Reinecke's Konzerstucke in G minor with lyrical nods to Mendelssohn and Schumann...Joshua Pierce, once admired mainly for his advocacy of new music, is an inexhaustible champion of these luxurious showpieces. He has the facility to tame every technical beast and clarify the thickest textures."

- Gramophone ~ July 2007
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rondo brillante for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 56 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Joshua Pierce (Piano)
Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1814; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Konzerstueck in G Minor, Op. 33 by Carl Reinecke
Performer:  Joshua Pierce (Piano)
Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
3.
Introduction and Rondo Brillante in B-flat minor, Op. 255 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Joshua Pierce (Piano)
Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Austria 
4.
Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 79 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Joshua Pierce (Piano)
Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Dresden, Germany 
5.
Rondo brillant for Piano and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Joshua Pierce (Piano)
Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Pure Enjoyment July 4, 2017 By Richard H. C. (Denver, NC) See All My Reviews "This c-d has lived up to expectations with the beauty of such varied music. So glad I was able to secure this from your collection." Report Abuse
 Brilliant Indeed! August 27, 2015 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "The very title of this excellent recording provides an accurate overview of what is in store for the listener, namely short, virtuoso piano/orchestra works based on the rondo form (recurring theme) and expressing a carefree, upbeat, 'brilliant' ambiance. Consisting of 5 compositions by such 19th century composers as Carl Reinicke, Johann Hummel, Carl Czerny, Carl Maria von Weber, and Felix Mendelssohn, the program features exquisite piano scoring, accentuated and underwritten by the dynamic, lyrical orchestral accompaniment to each piece. Pianist Joshua Pierce and the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra surely had a blast recording this program, because the results of their efforts are nearly 70 minutes of some of the most attractive, infectious Romantic Era music you can imagine. Wonderful music, superbly performed, good sound from MSR. All in all- a real gem of a recording. I can and do recommend this one to you." Report Abuse
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