Melcer: Piano Concertos

Jonathan Plowright; Christoph Konig: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA67630

Format Details:

Release Date:  01 January 2008

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571176307

Genres:  Classical  Orchestral  

  • Description

    Hyperion’s celebrated Romantic Piano Concerto series reaches volume 44. This disc includes two prize-winning concertos written in the 1890s by the Polish composer-pianist Henryk Melcer.
    The first is written in the style of Liszt and Chopin, and is notable particularly for its thrilling finale which is marked by its strong Polish character: starting as a mazurka, the accelerando through the movement increases the excitement of the piece, giving it the frenzy of a kujawiak or oberek.
    The second concerto was also appreciated by contemporary critics for its imaginative use of Polish themes: one reviewer writes of ‘themes full of expression in Polish character that are developed so splendidly and broadly that they leave us enraptured … an unforgettable impression remains after hearing the Concerto’. This work demands particular technical virtuosity, versatility and stamina on the part of the pianist, who is playing almost continuously.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Maestoso
      • 2. Andantino
      • 3. Vivo Ma Non Troppo E Poi Molto Accelerando
      • 4. Allegro Moderato
      • 5. Andante Non Troppo Lento
      • 6. Allegro Con Fuoco