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Weber: Piano Concertos CD

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  • Performer: Nikolai Demidenko
  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Presto
  4. Allegro Maestoso
  5. Adagio
  6. Rondo: Presto
  7. Larghetto affattuoso
  8. Allegro Passionato
  9. Tempo Di Marcia
  10. Piu mosso - Presto giojoso

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Carl Maria von Weber : Concerto pour piano & orch. n° 1, J98 (Op. 11) - Concerto pour piano & orch. n° 2, J155 (Op. 32) - Konzertstuck pour piano & orch., J282 (Op 79) / Nikolai Demidenko, piano - Scottish Chamber Orchestra, dir. Sir Charles Mackerras

Review

'Brilliant performances' --Classic CD

'Scintillating performances' --Piano International

'Unmitigated joy ... I haven't enjoyed a concerto record more all year' --The Sunday Times

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This is the third tiime I have bought this CD. I lend it to folk and they never give it back. Sadly Weber's music is not to the fore and more's the pity. Stirring yet hauntingly beautifiul in places. Another must buy!
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Weber's piano concertos share many of the qualities of those by Mendelssohn: extreme virtuosity in the piano part, with fountains and cascades of notes, melodic prodigality, sudden switches to passages of fairy-like delicacy, and a fine grasp of structure with never a moment of wondering where the music is going. This recording captures all of these characteristics perfectly.

Sir Charles Mackerras was a conductor of very great experience, and the orchestra (new to me) rises splendidly to the challenge. The recording catches all the nuances of Weber's always colourful orchestration. The balance between orchestra and piano is excellent.

Nikolai Demidenko turns in a performance of the very greatest elegance and sophistication. His background in performing music of this period gives him a deep understanding of the genre, and those who are intested should investigate his excellent recordings of the piano music of Clementi and Vorisek. His passage work, legato and phrasing are things of great beauty, and a model to all pianists who have struggled with this brilliant music.

I forget which composer it was that said 'I write music to bring joy to the world'. It could have been Weber.
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A disappointing addition to Hyperion's otherwise outstanding series of Romantic piano concertos. Nikolai Demidenko tackles these concertos like an athlete attempting to beat a world speed record. The tempi adopted in the outer movements of both concertos are drastically fast. The listener is left in no doubt of Mr Demidenko's virtuosity, but unfortunately at the expense of the music's poetry, humour and delicacy. These latter qualities, as well as the required virtuosity, are amply demonstrated by the English pianist Benjamin Frith on an inexpensive Naxos recording, which is not only better recorded than the Hyperion release, but contains more music.
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Bright, sparky performances of very music which surely used to be played more often when I was a lad. Interesting to hear them clear and sharp rather than in a rather overly romantic manner.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ac24108) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aaf333c) out of 5 stars One of the Best in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto Series 16 May 2003
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There are several reasons this is one of the best in a series that has unearthed a number of gems (and some real clunkers, too): First, Demidenko seems the perfect soloist for the assignment. He relishes Weber's Biedermeier grace and really throws himself into the whirlwind last movements. Second, the redoubtable Sir Charles proves the ultimate accompanist, his Scottish orchestra as responsive an instrument as the Philadelphia under Ormandy.
Third, there is the music. Weber was a virtuoso but also a composer of great skill, which can't be said of many of the composer-pianists of the 19th century. His Konzertstuck is an acknowledged classic of Romanticism. Despite the fact that its program--dealing with a knight's departure for the war, rumored death, and triumphant return to his beloved--is provides pretty threadbare storyline, the music is anything but threadbare, the first movement brimming with minor-key drama and the last, a fantasia on a march theme, a tour de force for both pianist and orchestra. But Weber's two concertos are pretty wonderful stuff, too, with infectiously bouyant fast movements (especially the Second Concerto's last movement) and slow movements full of proto-Romantic innigkeit.
Go for this one.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a87fb10) out of 5 stars Weber Piano Concertos 28 May 2000
By Jason Loke - Published on Amazon.com
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With amazing technical vituosity, Demidenko carries us excitingly through these rarely performed works. His technique is boundless in it's breadth, and his firey interpretation makes us wonder why these pieces are so neglected. Such pieces are child's play under the command of this unforgettable artist. For anyone serious about piano, this CD is a must!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6455ac) out of 5 stars Three Great Piano Concertos 9 April 2008
By Ralph B. Latchaw Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Weber's piano music is not well known. Most people know of one opera and some of the overtures. I have enjoyed Weber's piano concertos and Konzertstuck for years in record format and I wanted them in CD format. This CD with Sir Charles Mackerraas, conductor, and Nikolai Demidenko, pianist, is every bit as good as the old record I have, scratches and all. Of the three pieces, Concerto No 2 is a more exciting work than Concerto No 1, but Konzertstuck is a close second. All three pieces are wonderful, romantic pieces that should be known to a lot more people than know of them now. I recommend that classical music lovers get acquainted with these wonderful pieces of music and enjoy them as much as I do.
HASH(0x9a640894) out of 5 stars A small (hardly noticeable) technical glitch, but otherwise recommended 30 Oct. 2015
By buddhawannabe - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm surprised that nobody who has yet reviewed this CD has noticed a small technical flaw. At 4'17" in the third movement of the first Piano Concerto, the two stereo channels get out of sync for a fraction of a second. It's hardly noticeable but it did make me go back and listen again to see if my ears were deceiving me. They were not, and that kind of a flaw is presumably not something that an individual example of a CD can produce but must be inherent in the original sources. Other than that, I would agree with the other positive reviews. Weber IS best known for his operas and opera overtures, but his instrumental music is very, very interesting and enjoyable. I would rate his Clarinet and Bassoon Concertos above these piano concerti, but only because I really LOVE those other concerti and also I feel the others are not as well known as they should be (nor are the pieces under discussion, though I did hear Lili Kraus play the Concertstuck with the Oklahoma City Symphony around 1970). Maybe it's jut that good Romantic piano concerti are fairly thick off the ground (hence the Hyperion series) but how many great Romantic bassoon concerti can you name, hmm?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6409d8) out of 5 stars Simply stunning 18 Jun. 2012
By Kelvin Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Let's start with the more known ingredients in the gem of a recording - Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Before his death in 2010, he recorded two cycles of Mozart Symphonies, two cycles of Mozart piano concertos - one with John O' Connor and the other with the legendary Alfred Brendel, and in relationship to this recording - most of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas on Telarc with the same ensemble on this Hyperion recording. On every recording thoughtful, spirited interpretations. And I believe his signature as a conductor is emotional involvement and detailed dynamics - getting across the character of a piece - never rushing or plodding through anything. His recording of Schubert's Great Symphony with the Orchestra of the Age on Enlightenment on Virgin Classics is one of the most underrated achievements in the history of recorded sound.

On this recording of Carl Maria von Weber's first and second Piano Concertos, we get something that sounds like a cross between what a piano concerto would have sounded like if Schubert and Mendelssohn had collaborated. Charming doesn't really seem to describe these pieces, but especially on the slow movements you get Romantic that at times seems to have been inspired by Mozart. But as soon as you make the connection in your head, Weber takes you to this place of romantic whimsy - definitely early romantic period. The pieces are sumptuous at times, you will find yourself humming the melodies. My only experience with von Weber prior to listening to these recording was with the Oberon Overture. No matter how obscure these pieces are today, I agree with another reviewer that found these recording to be among the best in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto Series.

Pianist Nikolai Demidenko plays these as well as any of the more famous, big name pianists you will find on the major labels. A big fan of the Naxos recordings, I learned a long time ago that Sony, Decca, and Philips do not have a monopoly on talent. At times his performances remind me of what you'd hear on the Mercury Living Presence recordings... if those had made in the digital age. The Adagio, second movement of Concerto # 2 is one of the most haunting piano recordings I've heard. His playing really defies comparison. Which leads me to my next point.

The Hyperion engineers did a fabulous job recording the piano with the perfect short delay that makes you feel like you are listening to these pieces from a small concert hall fifteen rows back from the stage. It is a smaller, more intimate sound which to my ears is perfectly fitting for these pieces. The balance between orchestra and piano are perfect, and muted strings, woodwinds, and brass all come through perfectly. Not all strings and tympani.

Superb sound and performance. Based on this recorded, I've decided to start collecting the entire set of Romantic Piano Concerto recordings on Hyperion. I have been impressed with the sound quality from this label. Simply stunning.
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