- Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- Conductor: Lawrence Foster
- Composer: Emil von Sauer, Xaver Scharwenka
- Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Hyperion
- ASIN: B000002ZW1
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Scharwenka: Piano Concerto 4; Sauer: Concerto 1 (The Romantic Piano Concerto vol 11) CD
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GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE YEAR 1996 'Here, surely, is the jewel in the crown of Hyperion's absorbing series ... A flawless marriage of composer, performance, recording and presentation ... For here is a scintillating wit and ebullience that will make lesser technicians and stylists weep with envy ... As magisterial as it is ear ... tickling and affectionate, his playing glows with warmth...and pulses with the most nonchalant glitter in the finale ... [Sauer] Throughout, haunting melodies are embroidered with the finest pianistic tracery and, once again, the performance is bewitching ... [Sauer Cavatina] Hough s caressing, fine ... spun tone and long ... breathed phrasing are a model for singers as well as pianists. --Gramophone
CLASSIC CD AWARD WINNER CLASSIC CD 100 GREATEST DISCS OF THE DECADE 'A glitteringly worthy addition to the Hyperion series ... Stephen Hough exhibits dazzling flair in showpiece concertos by Sauer and Scharwenka and plenty of stamina ... Hough plays throughout with exhilarating momentum and dazzling technical address. I doubt whether any CD has so many double octave passages as this, but he never wearies, and his response to both works is as many-sided as the music itself ... Not to be missed, on any account --Classic CD
Top Customer Reviews
Both composers were hailed as composer pianists in their lifetimes. Scharwenka's Concerto No 4 from 1910 is the more innovative. At 40 minutes long with an 18 minute first movement it is a big beast.The virtuosity displayed ranks with the best of Rachmaninov, whilst in style the music is more adventurous, rather as with early Prokofiev there is the sound of late romantic music being pulled in new directions: sometimes verging on the early modern, sometimes with the innovative rhythms sounding almost like symphonic jazz 20 years before its time.
At half an hour long Sauer's Concerto No 1 of 1902 is a substantial piece as well. It is less showy, but what it lacks for in musical fireworks it makes up for in its beautiful sense of melody and harmony. The way in which piano and orchestra augment each other is a joy to listen to.
As to the performances, they are of a very high calibre. Honours must go to pianist Stephen Hough. Such is the ease with which he plays even the most difficult passages that the danger is to let them roll over you and think `well, that's very nice' without appreciating the level of skill being demonstrated. The sound complements the music well.
The notes are excellent, giving good information on the two composers.
All in all a five star discovery.
I often find that when I buy the CD, the only track I like is the one I heard on the radio. Not so here, the whole CD is an absolute delight. Stephen Hough's playing more than does each work justice, it's difficult to image anyone playing them better. The recordings are also excellent, as you might expect from Hyperion. If like me you enjoy Rachmaninov, I'm sure you will enjoy both these concertos.
This is a magical find, one that will give me pleasure for years to come, a worthy addition to my collection. I wholeheartidly reccommend this wonderful CD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sauer's Concerto is fantastic and well worth waiting for the little hick-up of the initial wrong CD delivery. which was soon corrected..Published 2 days ago by marshall jose
Wonderful music! Both concertos deserve to be better known. The slow movement of the Sauer concerto is especially lovely!Published 2 months ago by AndyB
I bought this on impulse after reading a review. I was not disappointed. Although neither work could be regarded as great, both are very enjoyable and each has memorable passages. Read morePublished 4 months ago by boz
My partner absolutely loves this cd. It has been played over and over again without great enthusiasm. A brilliant buy!Published on 3 Nov. 2013 by scattypatty
C.D. in perfect playing condition ( was a used disc ) you'd never know.
Postage quite acceptable.
Arrived & enjoyed within about 3 days.... Read more