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The Romantic Piano Concerto 34 - Pierné / Coombs, Et Al


Release Date: 12/09/2003 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67348   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Stephen Coombs
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gabriel Pierné's music is exquisite, and it deserves far greater exposure than it normally receives. The C minor Piano Concerto is openly modeled on Saint-Saëns' Second, particularly its Scherzando second movement, which is every bit as delightful as its model. A bit less than 20 minutes long, it has all of the best traits of French music: polish, craftsmanship, good tunes, and of course, concision. Stephen Coombs clearly sounds as though he's enjoying himself with music designed to make the soloist look good, and the whole performance sparkles, with Ronald Corp leading lively accompaniments. There's another fine performance of this work on BIS, but the couplings may well be a determining factor--BIS has more of the composer's Read more orchestral music, but this disc contains the complete works for piano and orchestra.


Of the remaining items, all done as well as the concerto, the Fantasie-Ballet and Scherzo-Caprice belong to a long and delightful list of short pieces (Saint-Saëns' Wedding Cake is another) that never get performed at all, as they are not of concerto length and no soloist living today seems intelligent or enterprising enough to group three or four of them together to make a full program. They are immaculately written light pieces of great charm and melodic appeal. The Poëme symphonique is another story altogether: a grander, richer version of Franck's Les éolides, and a miniature masterpiece if ever there were one. Beautiful recorded sound and excellent balances, especially in this last work where the piano plays constantly but seldom dominates the proceedings, cap as interesting and rewarding a program of unfamiliar music as we're likely to find today. Pure pleasure!
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 12 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland 
Length: 19 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2. Fantasie-ballet for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 6 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland 
Length: 11 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3. Scherzo-caprice for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4. Poème symphonique for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 37 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland 
Length: 13 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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