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2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING CONCERTOS, 19 May 2013
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This review is from: Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.59 [Jonathan Plowright, Lukasz Borowicz ] [Hyperion: CDA67958] (Audio CD)
I am sorry to disagree with the other reviewers but I regard this last issue of the cycle as completely unbearable. I do not know what prompted the enterprising label Hyperion to record this Cd because perhaps is the worst of the series.
We have here two Polish composers: Wladislaw Zelenski, with the piano concerto in E flat major, and Alexander Zarzicki, with his concerto in A flat major and his Grande Polonaise, the only piece worth hearing in this recording.
The first concerto, that by Zelenski, is a completetely uninspired work. It is difficult to single out any catchy and memorable tune and, on the other hand, the orchestral writing is so unimaginative and derivative that the sounds which the orchestra elicits are raucous: the orchestra seems to be clattering throughout. The main protagonist is the piano and the role of the orchestra is reduced to a mere accompaniment.
Things slightly improve in the second concerto: at least the orchestration is better, but the concerto is as dull and vapid as the previous one. The lack of inspiration permeates during the concerto.
It is difficult to think of such an unfortunate coupling because both concertos leave a lot to be desired, and so the neglect into which fell this composers is completely deserved.
The last work: the grande Polonaise in E flat major is the most succesful and pleasant. The music does not contain much depth, but the dance, bordering on the sentimental, is charming.
I do not recommend this Cd.
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2013 11:13:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2013 11:15:33 BDT
BERLIN DOC says:
I concur totally with your review.
I have been collecting the set from the beginning and would agree these two concertos are amongst the less memorable.
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