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Widor:Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 2 (The Romantic Piano Concerto Volume 55 )(Hyperion: CDA67817) CD

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  • Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Composer: Charles-Marie Widor
  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,104 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Disc: 1

  1. Piano Concerto No 1 in F minor Op 39 - Markus Becker/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  2. Fantaisie in A flat major Op 62 - Markus Becker/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  3. Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Op 77 - Markus Becker/BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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Charles-Marie Widor was born in Lyon to a family of organ builders and consequently became an organist of great skill and an assistant to Camille Saint-Saëns at La Madeleine in Paris at the age of twenty-four. Today, Widors compositions for organ have a prominent position in the instruments core repertoire, but it is often forgotten that the composer wrote many other significant works, notably his two piano concertos. Surprisingly, these are the first recordings of the concertos and are a much-awaited addition to the numerous world premiere recordings featured in Hyperions Romantic Piano Concerto series, now reaching its 55th volume and still unearthing little-known works to consistently dazzling effect. Following the success of his renditions of the Draeseke and Jadassohn concertos, pianist Markus Becker makes a welcome return to the series. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the remarkable Thierry Fischer more than do justice to Widors imaginative orchestrations.


Highly recommended, this should secure Widor's reputation among non-organists at last. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Jan'12

Hyperion,on the other hand,opts for a more transparent sound picture and slightly clearer woodwind and brass detail,matched by Becker's lighter,sparkling touch.If you are collecting the Romantic Piano Concerto series it will be de facto the first choice.(comparing this against the recent Dutton recording) --Gramophone,Jan'12

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