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5.0 out of 5 stars The playing throughout is excellent, 26 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos Nos. 1/ 2 F-B (Naxos: 8.572823) (Audio CD)
After the two wonderful discs of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Shakespeare Overtures this disc made little impression on me, well that was at first, as once I had played it a few times it had certainly grown on me!
The Piano concertos have ten years between them, the first dates from 1927, and I find it the most attractive of the two, it is in G minor and lasts just under a half an hour. It is romantic in outlook and quite reminiscent of his famous Guitar Concerto, although it does pre-date it by some twelve years, it also has a taste of Rodrigo, especially in the opening movement. On the other hand, the Second Concerto which dates from 1937 is more virtuosic than the first, it is also the more romantic of the two, it's central slow movement, which contains some sensitive music and which is tinged with a sense of melancholia, being the highlight for me!
The four dances receive their first performance here and reflect the composer's love of Shakespeare, and while they do not have the intensity of the overtures, they contain some really fine and expressive music, and are well worth investigating.
The playing throughout is excellent, with both soloist and ensemble making a strong case for the composer and his music. The brief notes are well informed and the recorded sound is good. This disc improves with age, the more you play it the better it becomes, and is well worth the investment!
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