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Czerny: Piano Concerto in D Minor / Tuck, Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 11/10/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573688  
Composer:  Carl Czerny
Performer:  Rosemary Tuck
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Viennese-born Carl Czerny, student and confidant of Beethoven and teacher of Liszt, found fame in his native city by writing a series of fashionable pieces, among which numbered fantasies and potpourris as well as a series of important pedagogic studies. His large-scale pianistic works are of great interest and include the First Piano Concerto, in D minor, which expertly balances foreboding, pastoral richness and exuberant brio, a bravura Introduzione e Rondo Brillant and a vivacious salute to Weber’s Euryanthe. “Tuck is dazzlingly articulate and secure in the countless runs and fast passagework Czerny asks of her,” wrote MusicWeb International. The Viennese-born Carl Czerny, student and confidant of Beethoven and teacher of Liszt, found fame in his native city by writing a series of fashionable pieces, among which numbered fantasies and potpourris as well as a series of important pedagogic studies. His large-scale pianistic works are of great interest and include the First Piano Concerto, in D minor, which expertly balances foreboding, pastoral richness and exuberant brio, a bravura Introduzione e Rondo Brillant and a vivacious salute to Weber’s Euryanthe. “Tuck is dazzlingly articulate and secure in the countless runs and fast passagework Czerny asks of her,” wrote MusicWeb International. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Introduzione e Rondo Brillant in B-Flat Major, Op. 233 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano in D Minor by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
3.
Introduction, Variations and Rondo on Carl Maria von Weber's Hunting Chorus from Euryanthe, Op. 60 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Fantastic- Deserves More Than 5 Stars February 3, 2018 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "I am hard pressed to come up with appropriate adjectives to describe this wonderful new Naxos recording. Austrian composer Carl Czerny may not be a household name these days, but as is so often the case with recording labels like Naxos and CPO, we are again face to face with a composer whose output clearly merits wider attention in the 21st century world of classical music. Naxos obviously recognizes this need, as it has previously released several fine recordings of his works for piano orchestra, featuring pianist Rosemary Tuck and the English Chamber Orchestra under Richard Bonynge's direction. On this new release, the team gives us a knockout program of three glorious compositions, two of them using one of Czerny's favored compositional structures, the Rondo. Introduction and Rondo Brillant (Op. 233) and Introduction, Variations, and Rondo on Weber's Hunting Chorus from 'Euryanthe' (Op. 60) are magical bookend pieces around a work called Czerny's First Piano Concerto in D Minor. This concerto dates from 1811/12, when the composer was only 20 years old, and interestingly it is not an officially published concerto (no opus number attached)... but what a fascinating and captivating work it turns out to be! Its long opening movement (nearly 25 minutes) mixes passages of ominous tension, lighthearted and lightly textured optimism, and continuous, unrelenting soloist/orchestral momentum. The short adagio movement leads directly to a whirlwind finale with a powerful martial character that brings the concerto to a brilliant conclusion. Czerny's scoring for the piano in all three works emphasizes a light approach with continuous and rapid movement up and down the keyboard, especially noticeable in the upper registers of the piano. After listening to this recording for the first time, one could speculate how long it took Rosemary Tuck's fingers to recover from the buzzsaw-like workout these works put them through. Never fear, however, as she proves fully up to Carl Czerny's difficult challenges and delivers a simply gorgeous reading of the entire program. As for the orchestral scoring, it is bold and dynamic, with plenty of forward presence in the mode of Beethoven's and Ferdinand Ries' works for piano and orchestra. The English Chamber Orchestra's classy, high-powered performance gives us solid evidence of the world class reputation this British ensemble holds. In short, this is one superb disk, and I strongly urge anyone who likes early 19th century works to try it. I can predict this with confidence: you won't be disappointed. Strong recommendation." Report Abuse
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