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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 55 - Widor / Becker, Fischer, BBC NO Of Wales

The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 55: Widor / Becker, Fischer, Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67817   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Markus Becker
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Charles-Marie Widor was born in Lyon to a family of organ builders and consequently became an organist of great skill and an assistant to Camille Saint-Saëns at La Madeleine in Paris at the age of twenty-four.

Today, Widor’s compositions for organ have a prominent position in the instrument’s core repertoire, but it is often forgotten that the composer wrote many other significant works, notably his two piano concertos. Surprisingly, these are the first recordings of the concertos and are a much-awaited addition to the numerous world premiere recordings featured in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, now reaching its 55th volume and still unearthing little-known works to consistently dazzling effect.
Read more /> Following the success of his renditions of the Draeseke and Jadassohn concertos, pianist Markus Becker makes a welcome return to the series. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the remarkable Thierry Fischer more than do justice to Widor’s imaginative orchestrations.

Review:

"...The first concerto is lively with a rather lovely andante, the fantasie is reminiscent of another fine French composer, Cesar Franck, while the second concerto is more concentrated and dramatic. Markus Becker, who apparently has something of a reputation as a jazz pianist, is a persuasive advocate, and orchestra and conductor are also admirable. The sound is excellent." - The Sydney Morning Herald
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F minor by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
3.
Fantaisie in A flat major, Op. 62 by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Concerto no 1: II. Andante religioso
Piano Concerto no 2: III. Tempo deciso

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