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  • Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00C3K9DFS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Song of the Volga Boatmen for wind and percussion [1'19]
2. Concerto for piano and wind instruments | Largo | Allegro | Maestoso [7'02]
3. Concerto for piano and wind instruments | Larghissimo [6'39]
4. Concerto for piano and wind instruments | Allegro | Agitato | Lento | Stringendo [4'55]
5. Capriccio for piano and orchestra | Presto [6'43]
6. Capriccio for piano and orchestra | Andante rapsodico [4'56]
7. Capriccio for piano and orchestra | Allegro capriccioso ma tempo giusto [5'27]
8. Movements for piano and orchestra | Quaver = 110 [2'50]
9. Movements for piano and orchestra | Crotchet = 52 [1'27]
10. Movements for piano and orchestra Quaver = 72 [1'07]
11. Movements for piano and orchestra | Quaver = 80 [1'59]
12. Movements for piano and orchestra | Quaver = 104 [1'55]
13. Concerto in D for string orchestra | Vivace [6'08]
14. Concerto in D for string orchestra | Arioso | Andantino [3'08]
15. Concerto in D for string orchestra | Rondo | Allegro [3'37]
16. Canon on a Russian Popular Tune [1'04]

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A new album from the Gramophone Award-winning team of Steven Osborne, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov. Here they present Stravinskys complete music for piano and orchestra as a rare complete set, plus the Concerto in D for string orchestra. The taut rhythmic brilliance of this music is perfectly suited to the particular artistry of these performers. Volkovs mastery of Stravinskys neo-classical idiom is clear from the ecstatic critical response to his recordings of many of the composers orchestral works.

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Stravinsky'sname is so inextricably associated these days with landmark scores in the fields of ballet, opera, choral and orchestral music, that his gifts as a pianist tend to be overlooked. During the Twenties he was as familiar a figure on the international concert platform as was Prokofiev, often to the detriment of his activities in composition itself. It was through his own appearances as a virtuoso that both the Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, completed in 1924, and the Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (premiered in 1929) were so widely heard. The later movements of 1959 were written to commission from the Swiss hotel-owner Karl Weber for his pianist wife, Margrit, who gave the first performance, with Stravinsky conducting, in January 1960. Those three works form the core of this superb disc on which Steven Osborne manifests both his rhythmic élan and his refined sense of tonal shading, underpinning the performances with virile energy. The concerto is a product of Stravinsky's neoclassical period, with the outer movements characterised by clean lines, dislocated accents and quick-fire repartee with the orchestra, here finding a spirited sparring-partner in the BBC Scottish Symphony under Ilan Volkov. The lyricism of the slow central movement is expressed with artless composure and solemn grandeur, as it is in the rhapsodic andante of the capriccio, again with the surrounding movements alive to the music s whimsical, often witty turns of phrase. The epigrammatic movements are in an entirely different vein as one of Stravinsky s important forays into serialism, but still with that typically acute ear for timbre, rhythmic variety and jousting between piano and orchestra which this performance conveys so brilliantly. The string-orchestra Concerto in D and two pithy orchestral miniatures complete an outstanding CD --Telegraph,29/05/13

Steven Osborne finds wit in the concerto's rhythmic quirks while lending substance to its 18th-century references. *** --Financial Times , June'13

Steven Osborne and the BBC Scottish Symphony under IIan Volkov give a wonderful ebullient, rhythmically alert performance, and the recorded sound captures the work's utterly individual sonorities very well, with crystal clarity. --IRR, June'13

Besides being one of the 20th century's supreme composers, Stravinsky was an impressive pianist. In the 1920s and 1930s he earned much of his living that way, largely because of the need to support two sizeable families (his own and that of his wife s sister) plus his widowed mother all of them, like himself, exiled Russians living in France. This album is both what it says it is, and something more: besides all three works for piano and orchestra, there are three more for orchestra alone, and together they amount to an enthralling survey of the astonishing amount of ground covered by Stravinsky' s music. Framing the the four main works are two very short pieces a gorgeously craggy arrangement of the traditional 'Song of the Volga Boatmen' for woodwind, brass and percussion, and the Canon dating from Stravinsky' s old age, when his music 's radicalism was if anything outdoing that of the avant-garde younger generation. The Concerto for piano and wind instruments (quite a tough nut) is offset by the Capriccio (where Stravinsky allows more air round the notes) and the tersely brilliant Movements of 1959; the Concerto in D for strings is easy-listening Stravinsky, and wonderfully inventive also. It s difficult to imagine how the performances could be better. Steven Osborne is a superb and incisive soloist, never pressurised into sounding rushed even in the most difficult passages (and there are plenty). And Ilan Volkov directs an orchestral contribution that s colourful, super-precise, and brimming with character. ***** --Sinfini Music ,11/06/13

Steven Osborne a --IRR, June'13

Osborne and Volkov tick a major Stravinsky box. --Gramophone. Aug'13

Steven Osborne and the BBC Scottish Symphony under IIan Volkov give a wonderful ebullient, rhythmically alert performance, and the recorded sound captures the work's utterly individual sonorities very well, with crystal clarity. --IRR, June'13

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By FJ Bunker on 16 Jan. 2014
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Must for Stravinsky lovers but no Concerto for 2 pianos! Great Orchestral playing, good to have the complete piano and orchestra works.
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By B. Portes on 15 Jan. 2014
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A disc full of listening delights. Osbourne plays with verve and skill. I don't think there is another disc of this repertoire and there needn't be.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregor on 28 Aug. 2013
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Apart from the very short first and last inclusions (not much more that 2mins in total length) this is a wonderful CD and I play it over and over without ever tiring of it.
Osborne is a brilliant pianist, well up to the challenge and it is well recorded too. So glad I got it.
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