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VINE VOICEon 24 October 2012
A neo-romantic piano concerto in the bravura style established by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

The first movement has a quicksilver quality that brings out Lang Lang's virtuosity. Shades of its romantic predecessors are instantly invoked, with lots of bravura passages,etc, against a background of orchestral interjections that sustain a forward momentum. The movement eventually quietens, the quicksilver flickers slow down, ending with the soloist's gentle musing.

With the slow movement, we come to the heart of the work. Again, the world of Rachmaninov, the Warsaw Concerto etc is not far away, but there is nothing wrong with a `good tune' (as Shostakovich shows in his `popular' Second Piano Concerto) and Hess delivers one here. This long-breathed melody is developed in the orchestra, and ends in a mood of pure poetry.

The finale is less successful. Its portentous opening promises much as it settles into a Waltonesque march, but it lacks that composer's sheer invention and the music becomes rather overblown and rhetorical as it progresses. In the closing bars there is some challenging writing for the first trumpet - brilliantly played here-but I was left rather disappointed with this final movement.
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on 17 September 2017
I heard the 2nd. movement and had to buy the C.D.. I like a lot of Hess's music, it's beautiful, but the 1st and 3rd movements of this concerto really don't seem to match up with the 2nd., and, I think, loose their way. It's like three completely different pieces of music and the piano doesn't fit in ! Rachmaninov it's not.
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on 13 April 2017
god thanks
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on 22 October 2015
Beautiful, I adore this, blows me away, I would give it ten stars if I only could.
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on 12 September 2017
absolutely delightful concerto and played impeccably with great sensitivity by Lang Lang
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on 1 February 2015
Beautifully and touchingly performed.
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on 16 August 2017
A beautiful performance and a concerto that should be heard much more.
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on 16 August 2017
Very pleased with this cd
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on 15 September 2017
Brilliant piece of classical
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 November 2010
This CD is a delight. If you enjoy romantic piano concertos, like those of Grieg, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Saint-Saens, for example, you will love this music. Lang Lang is a sensitive and accomplished pianist and you cannot fail to love this work and the performance. Nigel Hess is better known for providing incidental music to TV series but he acquits himself admirably here. The slow second movement of the concerto is entrancing. The only reason I have knocked off the fifth star is that the concerto is the only work on the disc and with a total running time of only 24 min, it's just as well that this CD is sold at a budget price.
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