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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 26 - Litolff /Donohoe, Et Al


Release Date: 08/14/2001 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67210   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Charles Litolff
Performer:  Peter Donohoe
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Henry Litolff's delightful works for piano and orchestra published under the label "Concerto Symphonique" have not deserved their current neglect, and Hyperion's advocacy on their behalf represents one of many high points in its estimable "Romantic Piano Concerto" series. A dedicated anti-monarchist, Litolff composed his Third Concerto Symphonique in order to express his gratitude to the people of the Netherlands for providing a refuge after his escape from an English jail. The work incorporates several Dutch tunes, and places the scherzo second. Peter Donohoe and Andrew Litton have a field day with this charming piece. Here, as in the rather weightier opening movement of Concerto Symphonique No. 5, their light touch and buoyant rhythmic Read more foundation prevent this sometimes foursquare music from bogging down. They imbue both slow movements with an appealingly operatic lyricism and project the music of the scherzos with a real sense of fun. Donohoe offers an especially well-paced finale to No. 5, an ambitious work that can all-too-easily succumb to excessive grandiosity, but which here remains freshly imagined from first note to last. Excellent sound completes a mightily attractive picture.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto symphonique for Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 45 by Henry Charles Litolff
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846 
2. Concerto symphonique for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 123 by Henry Charles Litolff
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1867 

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