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The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 26 Litolff Concertos Symphoniques 3 & 5 CD

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  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Composer: Henry Charles Litolff
  • Audio CD (29 Jun. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00005MGAC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Concerto Symphonique No. 3 in E flat Op. 45 'National Hollandais'
  2. Concerto Symphonique No. 5 in C minor Op. 123

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Product Description

This recording is the companion to Donohoe and Litton's earlier recording of Litolff's Concerto Symphoniques 2 & 4 (CDA66889) and completes our survey of the composer's works for piano and orchestra (Litolff's first concerto was never published and is lost). Both works owe the 'Symphonique' title to their four-movement structure (all Litolff's concertos contain a Scherzo in addition to the three conventional movements), and the importance of the orchestra in their thematic development. The Third Concerto was (along with the Fourth) the most popular in Litolff's lifetime and was written for performance in the Netherlands. It uses two popular Dutch melodies which no doubt explains it early success. The Fifth Concerto is the most obscure of the four extant works yet it is the most ambitious in scale with a particularly imposing orchestral exposition. Unfortunately by the time the work was composed (1867) Litolff had faded from the public eye and the work received few, if any, performances. It's Scherzo, obviously modelled on the equivalent 'hit' piece from the Fourth Concerto, has the potential to be almost as popular, though it's virtuosic leaping octave passages are likely to deter all but the most muscular of pianists.

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GRAMOPHONE EDITOR S CHOICE I found the first Litolff disc delightful, and this new release is just as captivating. Very warmly recommended (Fanfare, USA) Few pianists of any nationality could approach, let alone top, Peter Donohoe s blistering virtuosity in these works. This is an invaluable issue for lovers of intriguing repertoire and piano-playing of pulverising mastery (Gramophone) 'Peter Donohoe ... is the ideal man for such music, while the BBCSSO under Andrew Litton offers razor-sharp support. A wonderfully clear recording' (BBC Music Magazine) Donohoe s pianism is ideally suited to this music, calling as it does for a brilliant, incisive tone, a dazzling leggiero touch and rhythmic punch ... dash out and buy the disc forthwith --International Record Review

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By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2003
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This is a fantastic piece of piano composition. If you possess the imagination - picture a mountain stream as it tumbles, plunges, cascades. It is truly breathtaking and will take you on a wonderful journey - just close your eyes.....
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This review also covers Volume 1 of Litolff's Concerto Symphoniques.They are all in four movements and of a symphonic style, though basically they are all piano concertos.If you enjoy big romantic piano concertos you really should try them. They are not, however, over the top with big passionate passages and climaxes.They are quite classical in many ways and look back to Beethoven.The orchestra is treated in a more classical style than romantic. The piano parts are very spectacular and brilliant, but there is little note spinning at all. The music is fresh and often very memorable. Of the scherzos, the famous one from no.4 is probably the best but the others are good too and trip along merrily. The slow movements are touching and the finales are brilliant. If you buy one volume you will want the other,too. My favourite is probably no 3.
The performance by soloist and orchestra are excellent,as is the recorded sound. Thank you Hyperion!
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I was put off by Litolff's music for a long time knowing only the Scherzo from his 4th concerto but I thought I'd give his music another try as I explore the wonderful Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto collection. After listening a few times through the previous volume containing the 2 & 4th concerti, I knew I had to give this CD a try. And I am glad I did.
The highlight for me is the slow movement of the 3rd concerto. The beautiful melody of the Andante sung out by the cello really captures your heart. The piano coming in with arpeggio reprising and developing the musical idea is played with a lot of grace and authority by Donohoe very competently accompanied by the orchestra.
There a lot of other beautiful moments to sample from this disc and I just don't know why there isn't more recordings of Litolff's music available.
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The DD arrived with a broken case. The music is great ,very lyrical and full of catchy phrases.A real find. The other day I heard a Hummel piano concerto No.1 .Would buy it but I don't want it arriving broken like the above.
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The only piece of music by Litolff I had ever heard was his Scherzo but one day I heard more of his music on Classic FM and was impressed so I bought the CD. I liked it that much, I also bought Concertos 2 & 4 by the same people which also turned out to be excellent. Its amazing how much good music there is written by little-known composers and Litolff's concertos are a good example, not quite the quality of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky etc but still worth hearing.
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