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Great Piano Concertos


Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8501056   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsFranz Liszt,   ... 
Performer:  Jénö JandóStefan VladarIdil BiretEldar Nebolsin,   ... 
Conductor:  András LigetiMátyás AntalBarry WordsworthAntoni Wit,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus HungaricusCapella IstropolitanaPolish Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 11 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the very heart of a concerto is the interplay and contrast of a solo instrument within a larger instrumental ensemble. The natural progression from the Baroque concerto grosso, the concerto as we know it was fully established as a concert staple in the eighteenth century, and many works dating from this period are still a key part of the repertoire today. The opportunity for dazzling virtuosic display from the soloist has resulted in the concerto becoming a vital musical force both on the concert platform and in the audience arena.

The most important composer in the development of the early piano concerto was Mozart, whose masterly compositions for the instrument paved the way for expansion of the form by composers such as
Read more Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Grieg. In the Romantic era, composers such as Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky lent a distinctly Russian fluency and passion to the idiom, whilst no pianistic survey would be complete without the transcendent concertos of those great piano masters, Chopin and Liszt. The twentieth century transformed the piano concerto yet further with splendid offerings from a delicate Ravel, fiery Prokofiev and jazzy Gershwin to name but a few.

R E V I E W:

You might be tempted to dismiss this set as a result of the lack of “big name” pianists, but you’d be mistaken. There’s some mighty fine playing going on here. Granted Jenö Jandó’s Mozart Concertos Nos. 20, 21, 23, 25, and 27 are decent rather than truly compelling, but he comes into his own and delivers a very good Schumann/Grieg coupling and an honorable Rachmaninov Second Concerto. Stefan Vladar’s Beethoven Concertos 3-5 are certainly distinguished. Idel Biret’s two Brahms and Chopin concertos make a very strong impression, as does Eldar Nebolsin in the two Liszt concertos. Kun Woo Paik’s Prokofiev Third and Francois-Joël Thiollier’s Ravel G major always have earned respect, while Bernd Glemser’s Tchaikovsky First Concerto always has been underrated. Toss in a pretty good Rhapsody in Blue from Kathryn Selby as a bonus, and the result is a set that more than delivers on its promise. There’s nothing here that you won’t enjoy.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  András Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1989 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest 
Length: 30 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  András Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest 
Length: 26 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  Mátyás Antal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest 
Length: 24 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  Mátyás Antal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  András Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/1988 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 35 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/1988 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 34 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Philharmonic 
Length: 38 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
10.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  Katowice, Poland 
Length: 50 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Eldar Nebolsin (Piano)
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
12.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Eldar Nebolsin (Piano)
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Bernd Glemser (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Polish Radio Concert Hall, Katowice 
Length: 35 Minutes 50 Secs. 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  György Lehel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 33 Minutes 53 Secs. 
17.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sequeira Costa (Piano)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1984 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Hall, Lisbon, Portugal 
18.
Introduction and Allegro appassionato for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Op. 92 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sequeira Costa (Piano)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1984 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Hall, Lisbon, Portugal 
19.
Introduction and Allegro for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 134 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sequeira Costa (Piano)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1984 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Hall, Lisbon, Portugal 
20.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
21.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Polish Radio Concert Hall, Katowice 
22.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Kathryn Selby (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Hayman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 6/1989 
Venue:  Studio 1, Czechoslovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 16 Minutes 54 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: II. Romance
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: III. Rondo: Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan": I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan": II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan": III. Allegro vivace assai
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: III. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503: III. Allegretto

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