on 24 March 2014
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 .
on 19 February 2014
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.
on 7 March 2014
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!