Schumann, Dvorak: Piano Concertos
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Schumann, Dvorak: Piano Concertos

29 April 2013

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  Song Title
Piano concerto in A minor Op.54: I.Allegro affettuoso
Piano concerto in A minor Op.54: II.Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
Piano concerto in A minor Op.54: III.Allegro vivace
Piano concerto in G minor Op.33: I.Allegro agitato
Piano concerto in G minor Op.33: II.Andante sostenuto
Piano concerto in G minor Op.33: III.Allegro con fuoco

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  • Original Release Date: 29 April 2013
  • Label: nave classique
  • Copyright: 2013 nave
  • Total Length: 1:10:23
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,507 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is a sparkling performance of the Dvořák Concerto. There have been several fairly high profile recordings in the past, but all too often they have been disappointing in one way or the other. Jiří Bělohlávek, the conductor on this version, has himself been the conductor on several earlier recordings, but the young Swiss-Italian pianist here, using the version prepared by Dvořák for the work's original publication, plays the work generally straight and with both poetry and imagination. Of earlier recorded performances, that made in the 1970s for the work's anniversary by another Italian-named (though French) pianist with a Czech conductor, Bruno Rigutto and Zdeněk Mácal, was also very successful, but the CD is quite hard to find and doesn't reproduce the sound as clearly as the original Decca LP, and includes no other work. Piemontesi is more apt to slow down in lyrical passages than Riguttto, but never so much that he loses the impetus of the music. This new Naive CD is the version to obtain for a persuasive and well-recorded modern version - and supplement with the Rigutto if you can find it! The recording was made in the BBC's Maida Vale studio.

The CD opens with a live recording (though you wouldn't know it, the sound is clear and uninterrupted by coughs and intrusive applause) of a performance in the Barbican of the Schumann Concerto. There are many alternative recodings in this case from several generations of great pianists, but Piemontesi and Bělohlávek are in the top rank. A reviewer on the radio complimented the CD and commented that the tempo of the first movement was slower than in some cases - I wasn't aware of it, and, if so, it certainly is very effective.

The quality of sound in both venues is excellent.
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Wow - recording the Schumann piano concerto with such strong competition is a brave thing to do. Make no mistake - Piemontesi has plenty to say and says it with direct intention. That's not to say he lacks poetry or sensitivity. Try the second movement for subtle artistry and the third has real sense of purpose without the rush to the finish line that have marred some classic accounts.

The pianist enjoys superb accompiament from Belohlavek and the BBCSO. Despite this being such a well worn 'warhorse' the last movement is incredibly tricky to both start and keep together. (I once heard Abbado, the Berlin Phil. and a very well known pianist make a real hash of this movement!) No such problems here. The violas make a very showing of that odd passage at 3' 17" in the finale.

As for the Dvorak concerto, well, even this team struggle to make a case for a work that has always eluded very fine musicians. Perhaps it's fair to say that in this curate's egg of a work the good bits are very good indeed and he less inspired passages are played with respect. What more can you ask for?

A lovely addition to the catalogue.
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