WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Respighi: Piano Concerto, Toccata / Scherbakov, Griffiths


Release Date: 07/18/1995 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553207   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Konstantin ScherbakovIvan Tvrdík
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

". . . [A]t this price how could anyone with the slightest weakness for Respighi hesitate? Scherbakov and Griffiths do a good deal more than dutifully go through the motions, the soloist in particular playing with delicacy and affection . . . . [T]he Concerto and the Fantasia, both very early Respighi, are not patronized in the slightest. The central slow section of the Concerto, indeed, achieves something like nobility . . . . The Toccata is not so much an exercise in the neo-baroque, often though its dotted and florid figures promise it, more of an essay on how far one can be neo-baroque without giving up a post-Lisztian keyboard style and comfortable orchestral upholstery. But in a slow and florid central section, a rather melancholy Read more aria that passes from the soloist to the oboe, to the strings and back again, there is a real quality of Bachian utterance translated not unrecognizably into a late romantic language . . . . Scherbakov sounds touched by it, and obviously wants us to like it. Indeed these are likeable performances of music that needs that sort of help, but repays it. . . ." -- Michael Oliver, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano in A minor by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 20 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2. Toccata for Piano and Orchestra by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano), Ivan Tvrdík (Cello)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 21 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3. Fantasia Slava for Piano and Orchestra by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto in A minor, P. 40: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
Toccata, P. 156: Toccata for Piano and Orchestra
Fantasia slava, P. 50: Fantasia Slava for Piano and Orchestra

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Respighi Piano Concerto #1 in A Minor April 23, 2013 By James B. D. (Cumming, GA) See All My Reviews "An excellent performance of 3 most enjoyable works for piano and orchestra. I have been a big fan of Respighi's music for many years, but only recently became familiar with his more "serious" works; his symphony and concerti. Thanks for making such memorable compositions available at such pleasant prices." Report Abuse
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook