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Warsaw Concerto / Jean-yves Thibaudet


Release Date: 06/15/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 460503   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard AddinsellGeorge GershwinDmitri ShostakovichSergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Conductor:  Hugh WolffVladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraCleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For this disc of film-related music, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet looks back to the black-and-white movies of the 1940s and 50s, when piano-orchestral works used as background music became popular hits which sold countless albums and music sheets. The concertos of Sergei Rachmaninov and George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue,' with their universal appeal and timeless character, are naturals for such a collection. The same goes for the 'Warsaw Concerto,' yet this highly popular work is not a classical standard and not really a concerto at all. Written by British composer Richard Addinsell for the movie DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT, it eclipsed both film and composer in its popularity.
Thibaudet is the perfect exponent for these works, with his
Read more sparkling technique and natural flair for grand, romantic music. The Rachmaninov performances are drawn from his previously available Decca recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy; the remainder of the program is newly recorded. Hugh Wolff's direction of the BBC Symphony Orchestra provides idiomatic backing for Thibaudet's talents. Together they provide a dose of lush nostalgia not to be missed. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1998 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1998 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2nd movement, Andante by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1998 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2nd movement, Adagio sostenuto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 11 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 23 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Warsaw Concerto
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18: 2. Adagio sostenuto
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43: Introduction: Variations I-X
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43: Variations XI-XVII
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43: Variations XVIII-XXIV
Rhapsody In Blue
Piano Concerto No.2 in F, Op.102: 2. Andante

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