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Marx: Romantic Piano Concerto & Castelli Romani / Lively, Sloane, Bochum Symphony

Release Date: 06/14/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573834  
Composer:  Joseph Marx
Performer:  David Lively
Conductor:  Steven Sloane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bochum Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joseph Marx was an excellent pianist: the hugely demanding solo part of his Romantic Piano Concerto, a ‘symphonic duet’ between piano and orchestra, marks him as a true virtuoso who had also absorbed the heady impressionism of Debussy, Scriabin and Delius. While having no connection with film music, Marx left a multitude of intoxicating melodies that eclipsed the wildest of Hollywood’s dreams. His second piano concerto Castelli Romani was inspired by ancient ruins in the wooded hills outside Rome, and is a magical, pyrotechnic display of Mediterranean emotions and masterfully orchestrated atmospheric pictures. Franco-American pianist David Lively’s unique musical personality is drawn from his double culture, passionately attached to his two Read more inheritances. Born in the United States, he went to France in 1969 at the age of 16 to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. His technical and musical prowess has brought success in a number of international competitions. Read less

Works on This Recording

Romantisches Klavier-Konzert by Joseph Marx
Performer:  David Lively (Piano)
Conductor:  Steven Sloane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bochum Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1920; Vienna, Austria 
Concerto for Piano no 2 "Castelli Romani" by Joseph Marx
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 A Stunner February 9, 2020 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "I'll make these comments brief and to the point. If you are unfamiliar with the orchestral works of Joseph Marx, you owe it to yourself to hear this superb Naxos disk from 2004. It contains 2 grand works for piano and orchestra, both written in the lush, late Romantic Era style reminiscent of Rachmaninoff and others from the late 1800's. The interaction of the piano and orchestra is powerful and seamlessly structured, and the beauty of the melodic themes is sustained easily throughout the entire program. I have to admit that this is the first time I have encountered a recording with Germany's Bochum Symphony Orchestra, which obviously is not one of the most famous ensembles in a country packed with world class orchestras. I am pleased to say that the Bochum Orchestra proves to be a first class ensemble under David Sloane's direction. The clarity and depth of the orchestra provides a perfect counterpart to the piano scoring, which is delivered flawlessly by soloist David Lively. In short, this is a recording of the highest artistic merit, and I cannot imagine anyone not being immediately attracted to Marx's style. A great recording of wonderful music- don't hesitate!!" Report Abuse
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