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Walter Braunfels Piano Concerto & Schottische Phantasie [Classical]

Walter Braunfels , Johannes Wildner , BBC Concert Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Format: Classical
  • Label: Dutton Epoch
  • ASIN: B00GY3R5VE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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German composer Walter Braunfels built a considerable reputation before the 1930s as composer, pianist and teacher. Since his death in 1954 his operas have been heard again, and Dutton Epoch now presents world premiere recordings of two remarkable concertos, for piano and viola. These are considerable discoveries: the Piano Concerto, Op.21, first performed in 1911, is notable for its sweeping cantilenas, vivid expression and orchestral colour. Victor Sangiorgio is authoritative in the demanding solo part. Over twenty years later came the Schottische Phantasie for Viola & Orchestra, Op.47, a large-scale viola concerto eloquently played by Sarah-Jane Bradley. The programme is completed by the Shakespeare-inspired miniature tone poem Ariels Gesang, Op.18. Mit deutschem Begleittext Piano Concerto op.21 (1910-11) VS Ariels Gesang op.18 (1910) (after Shakespeare's 'The Tempest') Schottische Phantasie for Viola & Orchestra op.47 (1932-33) SJB BBC Concert Orchestra Johannes Wildner (conductor) VS Victor Sangiorgio (piano) SJB Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) * World premiere recording Recorded at Watford Colosseum, 15-17 April 2013 CDLX 7304

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Braunfels has had to deal with suppression by Hitler during his lifetime and general neglect since his death. His opera Die Vögel is the only piece that has clung tenuously to the repertoire, and it's excellent now to have his piano concerto available. Victor Sangiorgio is, as always, a splendid soloist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No notespinning here 24 Mar 2014
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Unlike some of the releases in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series , which have struck me as all glitter and surface and no substance , the Braunfels is a substantial work . It is unshowy but very rewarding with a rather serious Adagio and a light-hearted finale commencing with a well known tune . The piano part is very musically played by Sangiorgio and the BBC Concert Orchestra sound as if they are really enjoying playing some serious little known repertoire .

The Scottish Fantasy for viola and orchestra is very different from Bruch's work if you are expecting lots of reels . One folk song leads the way subjected to a number of variations and this strikes me as a real discovery and well worth getting to know.

The short tone poem Ariel's Gesang inspired by The Tempest is magical and captures the atmosphere of that troubling and marvellous play brilliantly .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like R Strauss only more enjoyable! 7 Mar 2014
By Rimsky
Format:Audio CD
A gorgeous CD, sumptuously played and recorded. Very melodious music, orchestrated in the style of R Strauss or Zemlinsky (also very much neglected!) but clearly NOT composed by either, as Braunfels is his own master. Strongly recommended: I purchased it from HMV for 9.99(Amazon wanted 10.99!) Just buy it and wallow!
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