- 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)
The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 26 Litolff Concertos Symphoniques 3 & 5 CD
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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
The performance by soloist and orchestra are excellent,as is the recorded sound. Thank you Hyperion!
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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Great discovery. You usually only hear part of one. They are all as good.Published 11 months ago by Natalie Slator