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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 28 - Stojowski / Brabbins, Et Al


Release Date: 03/12/2002 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67314   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sigismund Stojowski
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pianist Jonathan Plowright proves a remarkably adept and confident exponent of these two obscure piano concertos. Polish composer Zygmunt Stojowski (1870-1946) writes music in the ripe, late-Romantic tradition of Paderewski, and both works feature brilliant writing for soloist and orchestra as well as some really good tunes. Piano Concerto No. 1 has the traditional three movements and employs a touch of cyclical form, in that tunes from the preceding movements return at the end of the finale. Plowright plays the outer movements with the necessary bravura and turns in a poetic account of the lovely central Andante sostenuto.


The Second Piano Concerto commits a cardinal sin that has understandably doomed it to
Read more obscurity: it ends quietly. Composed in a single continuous arch of music consisting of a Prologue, Scherzo, and Variations (10 of them), it's both more brilliant and more subtle than the First Concerto, and quite a discovery. The long final variation set also benefits from being based on a really memorable theme, and Jonathan Plowright again does an impressive job, putting over that quiet ending with a genuine sense of rightness. Martyn Brabbins does his usual professional job on the podium, the orchestra sounds fine, and Hyperion's sound lives up to its usual high standard. A winner.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 3 by Sigismund Stojowski
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1893 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A flat major, Op. 32 by Sigismund Stojowski
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910 

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