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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 47 - Draeseke, Jadassohn / Becker


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67636   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Salomon JadassohnFelix Draeseke
Performer:  Markus Becker
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These glittering, virtuoso concertos make welcome additions to Hyperion's "Romantic Piano Concerto" series (now at 47 volumes!). Salomon Jadassohn was a respected Leipzig pedagogue whose music vanished without a trace after his death in 1902, assisted by the fact that he was Jewish and so lost whatever support he may have had in his German homeland. Felix Draeseke, on the other hand, was strikingly successful during his own lifetime, so the neglect he has suffered since is a bit harder to explain. It may have something to do with the fact, as note-writer Kenneth Hamilton points out, that neither concerto sports an instantly memorable tune, but he goes too far in trying to defend these works at the expense of Grieg and Read more Brahms--there's no need to tear down a certified masterpiece to build up the work of an unknown.

Jadassohn's two concertos are compact (15 and 23 minutes respectively), full of Lisztian fireworks, formally experimental, and a great deal of fun. Draeseke was one of many German composers who straddled the Wagner and Brahms camps, which is probably why he fell between the cracks historically. But he marries elements of both schools together very effectively, and if his handling of form is more traditional and the thematic material not perhaps instantly memorable, the work as a whole makes for very satisfying listening. Markus Becker's confident, technically adroit performances certainly make the best possible case for all three works, and he receives excellent support from Michael Sanderling and the Berlin Radio orchestra. Typically fine sound guarantees collectors of this series complete satisfaction, while novice listeners interested in good Romantic music should consider this strongly as well. Recommended without reservations.

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

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 89 by Salomon Jadassohn
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/2008 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 90 by Salomon Jadassohn
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/2008 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 36 by Felix Draeseke
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2008 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 

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