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The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 20 Brüll CD

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  • Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Composer: Ignaz Brüll
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00000IAE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Allegro moderato - [Cadenza] - Tempo 1
  2. Andante: Molto espressivo -
  3. Finale: Presto
  4. Andante moderato, con moto
  5. Allegro Vivace
  6. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
  7. Andante ma non troppo -
  8. Allegro

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Ignaz Brüll : Concerto pour piano & orch. n°1, Op.10 - Concerto pour piano & orch. n°2, Op.24 - Andante et Allegro pour piano & orch., Op.88 / Martin Roscoe, piano - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, dir. Martyn Brabbins


GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE 'The most enjoyable and successful pair of revivals since Stephen Hough's award-winning resurrection of Sauer's No 1 and Scharwenka's 4th. Life-enhancing minor masterpieces in superb sound and dashing, committed performances' --Classic CD

'All of the music on this disc is absolutely delightful' --Fanfare

'This is a welcome discovery or recovery for lovers of Romantic music' --Contemporary Review

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My favourite musical genre is the piano concerto and I am always keen to hear works new to me. I am particularly fond of romantic concertos, so I always buy any new additions to the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series. I had not heard any of Brull's work before buying this CD and I played it with keen anticipation only to feel somewhat disappointed by the end. In general the music seemed rather naïve and the melodic line repetitive and predictable, particularly in the first concerto (possibly to be expected, as Brull was only 14 when he wrote it). Over the next few weeks I listened to the CD a few times and it gradually grew on me. I now enjoy it greatly. The best piece is the Andante and Allegro, written when Brull was much older, followed by the second concerto and then the first concerto. The playing, general musicianship and sound quality are what I have come to expect from Hyperion. In short, give it time to grow on you, there is some lovely music here - it just took me a while to hear it.
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I agree with all that Dr Doherty says in his review, but because this disc has given me such pleasure I award it an extra star.The naivety is very appealing and the music is full of lovely fresh and simple melodies. Even the second movement of the first concerto with its many repetitions of the theme never outstays its welcome at all. It sounds like what it is-a young boy improvising at the piano and captivated by his own musings, but it is lovely.I think that it is the simplicity that appeals and the fact that it is unlike any other music. If I rememember correctly, the 'Gramophone' gave this disc an excellent review [and that is why I purchased it] and said that the music is life-affirming.
The performances and sound are superb.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9213c0c0) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x92630b04) out of 5 stars Intriguing music in decent performances 28 Feb. 2000
By V. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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Ignaz Brull was a friend of Brahms which proved to be a huge detriment when it came to being remembered by posterity. That's a shame if this disc is any indication of the quality of his output.
The two piano concertos are early pieces--the first written when he was but 15! They are tuneful well-wrought pieces which don't attempt to scale the heights but present the pianist in a flattering light. Check out the strangely-flavoured slow movement of the first concerto.
The later Andante and Allegro is a fascinating piece. It opens with an utterly beautiful slow movement followed by a puckish and unpredictable dance-like piece. I'm not sure the two pieces together make a convincing whole but it's hard not to like either.
Like many of the other discs in this Hyperion series, the performers are sympathetic and appear to be having fun with the music. One flaw, however, is Roscoe's tone in the louder passages. He tends to get hard and brittle which can be painful up close (ie on headphones). A little judicious work with the equalizer might help.
Don't let that stop you, however. All three of the pieces on this recording would make a pleasant change from the usual fare we get on conert programs. As always, Hyperion provides excellent notes with the recording.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92630b58) out of 5 stars Ingratiating Throwbacks 31 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The most remarkable fact about the three works on this CD is how little advance of compositional technique they represent, though written over the course of 41 years. The truth is that Brull was a conservative composer, never leaving the Schumann-Mendelssohn Club that he entered with his earliest compositions. Though written when Brull was only 15, the First Concerto bears the opus number ten, and by the time he wrote it, Brull was a remarkably mature composer. It is a little too much indebted to his models and rather wanting in the memorable-melodies department, but it is a pleasant, precocious work nonetheless.

Brull was an old hand by the time he crafted his Second Concerto, and this one has more character and should be revived occasionally in the concert hall. (Once in a while, I'd rather hear it than the two-thousandth Tchaikovsky First of the season!) It begins with an arresting martial or perhaps hunting theme that reminds one of early Richard Strauss, who was also a member of the Club. The slow movement is somewhat more heartfelt than the First Concerto's, and the last movement offers as wild and virtuosic a ride as a musical reactionary is likely to provide.

Though written in 1902, when there were certainly few adherents of the Club, the Andante and Allegro still display Brull's long-established credientials. To be fair, the Andante has something of the Brahmsian elegiac about it and is more ripely scored than the earlier, more classically minded pieces. And the Allegro is a folkish affair that Brull's friend Carl Goldmark might have penned. Still, if Schoenberg could call Brahms a musical radical, one would never think of Brull as one.

I have nothing but praise for Martin Roscoe's performance. If he is steely fingered in the virtuoso passages of the Second Concerto and the Allegro, these pieces call for such treatment. And he does just as well by the elegiac, turning in poetic performances of the slow movements. The Scottish orchestra is fine, too, under Brabbins' direction. It sounds smallish, and that is just right: This classical-academic music should sound lean, with no late-Romantic bloat. I'm happy I got to know this music and these performances.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92474f78) out of 5 stars Child Prodigy Shows Off Compositional Chops 13 July 2007
By Joseph Barbarie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD

Disbelief at several things; my good fortune at finding such a hidden gem as Ignaz Brull (almost, but not quite, "a flower . . . born to blush unseen/And waste its sweetness on the desert air"); at the orchestral and melodic invention of the works; at Brull's tender age upon composition of the first concerto; at the neglect his works have fallen into.

The last -- Brull's neglect in modern discography and concert programs -- must have a fairly simple explanation: good old-fashioned anti-semitism. Hitler would have his sole opera, Das Goldene Kreuz, banned from the stage. In his own time, however, Brull was Brahm's favorite pianist (Brahms's symphonies all premiered in four-hand versions, with Brull as Brahms's duet-partner).

Brull (1846-1907) died shortly before the rise of serious anti-semitic fascism in Germany. Sadly, too, Germany at this time (the latter 19th and early 20th century) was the chief purveyor of serious, symphonic music in the world. Brull's work had not had the chance to be disseminated like other Jewish composers before him (Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer, Offenbach) and thus survive elsewhere.

The first work on this disc -- no. 20 inHyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series -- Brull's Piano Concerto No. 1, begins most promisingly. Brull, working from simple melodic material, almost immediately integrates the piano solo into the orchestral goings-on. The entire movement, while full of vrituoso display from the keyboard, maintains an almost perfect balance between symphonic development and solo exhibition. The piano part is almost an obbligato part to the symphonic drive and sweep of the orchestra -- in this respect, Brull's only equal is the Mozart of his later, fully-symphonic concerti. Keep in mind that this is the work of a fourteen year old.

Piano Concerto No 1's further two movements maintain the level of orchestral balance and melodic interest (note, in particular, the bristling third-movement theme, almost a piece of passage-work in its conception).

The other two works contained on the program, Brull's second concerto, and his "Andante and Allegro" for piano and orchestra, are of the same high quality and individual stamp. The second concerto shows a slight degree of greater maturity and compositional savoir-faire than does the first (as is to be expected).

This a disc of lost masterpieces, waiting for new audiences to discover them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92630de0) out of 5 stars One of the Best in this Superb Hyperion Series 10 Jun. 2009
By B.J.S. - Published on Amazon.com
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...If not THE best----and I've heard most of them. These are true masterpieces. Elegantly constructed with powerfully original melodic themes and masterful development, and as the other reviewers have pointed out, he was only 14 when he wrote his first concerto. What a genious! It is truly shocking that Brull's pieces are so obscure. As the linar notes point out, he was part of Brahm's inner-circle which doomed him, along with the pre-Holocaust German ban on Jewish composers, to obscurity. Let's hope that Hyperion records some of his other works soon, such as his violin sonatas, which were considered in their time second only to Brahms in greatness.

These deserve to be heard.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92630f60) out of 5 stars Didn't set my heart racing 29 April 2012
By Ursiform - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Brull was certainly a composer of some skill, but very conservative, and not seemingly ready for the transition from romantic to late romantic form that took place during his career.

The two concertos are very similar in form. A big theme in the opening movement is treated in a stately manner. A softer, but still stately, second movement follows. The final movement is more up-tempo, more lively but still somewhat constrained. While I consider the third movement of each concerto the best, Brull is always a bit too mannered for my taste. I never really had the sense he was enjoying his own music.

The "Andante and Allegro" is pleasant, but not memorable.

The performances and recorded sound are fine.

I struggled between three and four stars. I went with four for skill, albeit not for heart.
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