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Czerny: Grand Concerto in E-Flat Major & Other Works / Tuck, Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 10/11/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573998  
Composer:  Carl Czerny
Performer:  Rosemary Tuck
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carl Czerny penned an astonishing amount of music, including the numerous potpourris, fantasies, teaching pieces and studies for which he became known. This recording features the delightfully entertaining Concertino in C major, Op. 210/213, as well as the highly enjoyable Rondino, a work based on an enchanting theme taken from Daniel Auber’s opera comique Le Macon. A pupil and lifelong friend of Beethoven, Czerny was just 21 when he wrote the pastoral Second Grand Concerto in E flat major. Begun only twelve days after he had given the Viennese premiere of his mentor’s Emperor Concerto, the same choice of key seems a fitting homage to the grand master he so revered. Carl Czerny penned an astonishing amount of music, including the numerous potpourris, fantasies, teaching pieces and studies for which he became known. This recording features the delightfully entertaining Concertino in C major, Op. 210/213, as well as the highly enjoyable Rondino, a work based on an enchanting theme taken from Daniel Auber’s opera comique Le Macon. A pupil and lifelong friend of Beethoven, Czerny was just 21 when he wrote the pastoral Second Grand Concerto in E flat major. Begun only twelve days after he had given the Viennese premiere of his mentor’s Emperor Concerto, the same choice of key seems a fitting homage to the grand master he so revered. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertino for Piano in C Major, Op. 210 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
2.
Andante & Rondo for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 213 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
3.
Grand Concerto for Piano No. 2 in E-Flat Major by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
4.
Rondino sur un Thčme favori de l'Opéra Le Maçon d'Auber, Op. 127 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Superb February 16, 2020 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "I won't add much to the comments of Mr. Ralph Graves, because I feel the same way about this outstanding recording. You certainly get your money's worth with this one, because the disk runs for over 82 minutes, which is undoubtedly approaching the limits for a single CD. I'd like to correct one thing that Mr. Graves said in his otherwise fine commentary. As of the time of the recording's release in 2019, soloist Rosemary Tuck and Richard Bonynge's English Chamber Orchestra have recorded 4 programs of Carl Czerny's music for Naxos, and all of them are simply great. For the record, here's what they have done to date: 8.573688 (Intro and Rondo Brillant, D Minor Piano Concerto, and Intro and Variations from Weber's Euryanthe); 8.573417 (Notturno Brilliant, A Minor Piano Concerto, and Concert Variations on a Greek March from The Siege of Corinth); 8.573254 (Bel Canto Concertante is the title); and finally this particular recording. All of them have high artistic merit, and I can recommend all of them, especially this latest one." Report Abuse
 Simply grand performances January 22, 2020 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This is the second Czerny recording by Rosemary Tuck, Richard Bonynge, and the ESO. That release featured the Grand Concerto in A minor. This one has Czerny's Second Grand Concerto, and it's equally grand. Czerny studied with Beethoven and premiered two of his piano concertos as soloist. Czerny's Second Grand Concerto was started weeks after he premiered Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto. Both are in E-flat major, and both are over 40 minutes long. Although this is a big work, it isn't too big. Czerny's in full command of his material. His themes are big, his pianistic gestures are big, and the development of his materials is expansive. Yet it's always easy to hear the connections between sections. And the overall structure of each movement is readily discernable. Czerny was a prodigious pianist, and he didn't hold back in this score. There are cascading figures, keyboard-spanning arpeggios, and lightning-fast passages that require a high level of skill just to manage. Rosemary Tuck handles the task ably. Her touch is light and sure, the notes flying by in a shimmering stream of music. She also brings out the underlying character of the music. We hear the grandness of the opening movement; the gentle reflection of the second, and the good-humored friskiness of the finale. Also included is the 1829 Concertino in C major. As the name suggests, it's a lighter work, and Tuck plays it with a breezy light-heartedness. The Rondino on a favorite theme from Auber's "The Mason," has plenty of technical challenges. But at its heart, it's a song. And that's how Tuck performs it, bringing out the lyrical nature of even the most embellished variations. The English Chamber Orchestra directed by Richard Bonynge is in fine form. They have a very big ensemble sound for the Grand Concerto and quite an intimate one for the Rondonino. Well-written music well-performed." Report Abuse
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