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Czerny & Viotti: Piano Concertos / Boldrini, Rami Musicali Orchestra


Release Date: 06/24/2016 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94899   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl CzernyGiovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  David BoldriniElena PinciaroliAugusto Vismara
Conductor:  Massimo BelliAugusto Vismara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rami Musicali Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The concertos featured on this two-disc set have two things in common: they are rarely performed, and the piano plays the leading role. Carl Czerny was a student of the great Beethoven, and a famous pianist and teacher in his own right. His prodigious technique is obvious in the works selected here, particularly his Concerto for Piano 4 hands. Giovanni Viotti was widely known as a violinist, and many of his violin pieces are part of the standard repertoire. His Concerto No. 19, featured here, he arranged for piano solo and orchestra. The concertos featured on this two-disc set have two things in common: they are rarely performed, and the piano plays the leading role. Carl Czerny was a student of the great Beethoven, and a famous pianist and teacher in his own right. His prodigious technique is obvious in the works selected here, particularly his Concerto for Piano 4 hands. Giovanni Viotti was widely known as a violinist, and many of his violin pieces are part of the standard repertoire. His Concerto No. 19, featured here, he arranged for piano solo and orchestra. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 214 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  David Boldrini (Piano)
Conductor:  Massimo Belli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rami Musicali Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 19 in G minor by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  David Boldrini (Piano)
Conductor:  Massimo Belli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rami Musicali Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792-1794; Italy 
Notes: Version for Piano and Orchestra 
3.
Concerto for Piano 4 hands in C major, Op. 153 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  David Boldrini (Piano), Elena Pinciaroli (Piano)
Conductor:  Augusto Vismara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rami Musicali Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in A major, G 51 "avec violin obligé" by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  David Boldrini (Piano), Augusto Vismara (Violin)
Conductor:  Massimo Belli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rami Musicali Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1788; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Average 19C Music October 28, 2017 By Graeme St Clair (Altoona, PA) See All My Reviews "I have a weakness for music of this period, be it not of the highest quality. Czerny appeals to me, mainly thru a CD of his symphonies #2 & #6. The whole double-CD is harmless enough, if not great. "Yer pays yer money, an' yer takes yer choice!"" Report Abuse
 A Fine Discovery August 4, 2016 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Carl Czerny was a composer whose works appear to be receiving more attention these days via compact disk recordings, such as this new Brilliant Classics release, a 2 CD set which also contains works by the peripatetic Italian composer Giovanni Battista Viotti. A quick survey of the excellent CD booklet notes will explain what I mean here- Viotti was a 'wandering minstrel' throughout much of Europe during his professional career. In Czerny's case, the influence of his mentor Beethoven can be detected, as his music contains that unmistakable 'German' approach embedded in much of European classical music from the early years of the 19th century. I found that his Piano Concerto #1 and Concerto for Piano Four Hands demonstrated ties to the sound of such contemporary composers as Beethoven, Hummel, and Ries- strongly articulated orchestral motifs backing up a forceful and brilliant piano score. In Viotti's case, the two works contained on this disk are in fact transcriptions of compositions originally written for the violin, which was Viotti's core instrument. The Concerto in G Minor puts the solo instrument (here the piano) out front and in an obviously dominant role, and in that sense the overall balance between piano and orchestra might strike the listener as somewhat skewed. While I noted this characteristic as I listened to the concerto for the first time, I didn't think it was a major problem; the work is substantial and holds interest throughout. The other Viotti work is a short (17 minute) and delightful 'mini double concerto' for violin and piano. This very fine Brilliant Classics recording was made in a church in Florence, Italy, which seemed to enhance the depth of sound, particularly in full tutti orchestral passages. I do not know anything about the Rami Musicali Orchestra, other than that it played its role with style and grace- power where needed, delicate softness where required. The principal pianist, David Boldrini, clearly understands the musical visions that Czerny and Viotti held, as his work in all four pieces was nothing less than superb. His partners in the Czerny Concerto for Piano 4 Hands and the Viotti double concerto (Elena Pinciaroli and Augusto Vismara, respectively) were more than equal to the task and lent style and grace to Boldrini's lead role. In summary, this recording is absolutely outstanding- interesting and engaging program, superb orchestral and solo instrumental work, clear and wide, spacious sound. All of this adds up to a recording which cries out for attention, which I think you should give it. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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