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Britten: Piano Concerto / Violin Concerto, Opp. 13,15 Import


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listen  1. Britten: Piano Concerto, Op.13 - 1. ToccataBenjamin Britten and English Chamber Orchestra and Sviatoslav Richter12:04Album Only
listen  2. Britten: Piano Concerto, Op.13 - 2. WaltzBenjamin Britten and English Chamber Orchestra and Sviatoslav Richter 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Britten: Piano Concerto, Op.13 - 3. ImpromptuBenjamin Britten and English Chamber Orchestra and Sviatoslav Richter 8:11Album Only
listen  4. Britten: Piano Concerto, Op.13 - 4. MarchBenjamin Britten and English Chamber Orchestra and Sviatoslav Richter 8:51Album Only
listen  5. Britten: Violin Concerto, Op.15 - 1. Moderato con motoBenjamin Britten and English Chamber Orchestra and Mark Lubotsky 9:25Album Only
listen  6. Britten: Violin Concerto, Op.15 - 2. VivaceBenjamin Britten and English Chamber Orchestra and Mark Lubotsky 9:21Album Only
listen  7. Britten: Violin Concerto, Op.15 - 3. Passacaglia; Andante lentoBenjamin Britten and English Chamber Orchestra and Mark Lubotsky13:38Album Only

Product Details

  • Performer: Mark Lubotsky, Sviatoslav Richter
  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (May 5, 1989)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca Import
  • ASIN: B00000E38N
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Britten is in charge of the ECO again, with predictably excellent results.
DAVID BRYSON
His tone is absolutely soaring and he meets the technical demands of the work beautifully.
David A. Wend
Shostakovich admired him deeply and that should tell us something right away.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on January 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In a lecture that he gave in 1964 Britten said that he did not compose for posterity, and that in any case the outlook for that was doubtful. Well, here we still are 40 years on, so perhaps without tempting fate one may dare bring an outstanding record of his music to a few people's notice in the hope that they will be around to enjoy it for a while.
These two concertos were written in the 1930's within a short space of each other, the piano concerto being the earlier. Britten himself was soloist in the piano concerto's first performance, but the work lapsed into comparative oblivion before it was rescued several decades later by no less than Sviatoslav Richter. This is really the Richter of the familiar rave-notices this time. He seems to me to have had several quite distinct personalities as an interpreter and even indeed purely as a player, and this performance displays some of the sides of him that I personally like best. The virtuosity is cool and effortless (it is a particularly awkward solo part) with some wonderful shades of silver in his tone. Britten himself is in charge of the ECO who are on excellent form, and his highly individual orchestral sound is caught with striking vividness and effectiveness -hardly a matter of any surprise of course. The work itself appeals to me enormously, Britten being a composer I particularly like. This performance is going to be a hard act to follow, but I hope it arouses interest in a comparatively neglected work rather than frightening `competitors' off. If you like Britten in general, I would say you are going to enjoy this. If you do not respond to this performance, I guess the work is not for you.
I happen to have another performance of the violin concerto with Rodney Friend as soloist and the LPO under Pritchard.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Darin Tysdal on January 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
These recordings were the first that I heard of these works, on a London LP from the Fargo Public Library. I took to the Piano Concerto right away, with it's heavy Prokofievian influences. The violin concerto was a harder nut to crack, especially since I was only about 12 when I got the record. It was hard to find in record stores because it was not in print here for very long. I took the compact disc era to bring these works to light. The only comparison I have for the piano concerto is Joanna MacGreagor on Collins Classics (now out of print-how about it Naxos?) which has the original version of the 3rd movement. The violin concerto now has many excellent recordings-Lydia Mordkovich on Chandos, Rebecca Hirsch on Naxos, and Maxim Vengerov on EMI/Angel (which I own). The piano concerto is the more splashier of the two concertos. It is very brilliant and sometimes not really deep. But when one listens to it more in depth, one can find many Brittenisms along the way. Being an early work, one should understand that he would be influenced by many different composers, as well as musical styles! My favorite movement bar none is the "Impromptu" which has one of Britten's most fetching melodies which is treated in Passacaglia style (and also glorified in William Walton's orchestral piece "Impromptu on a Theme of Britten".) The other movements include a Toccata, Waltz and March, with a wild cadenza for Percussion and Piano. The violin concerto touches on a deeper vein of feeling and may be one of Britten's most touching works. The violin part is especially tricky-the most notorious part is in the second (scherzo) movement where the violinist is playing triple stops in artificial harmonics. Most violinists have to slow the speed down here because of the terrible difficulty in executing this passage.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on August 8, 2005
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Is there a more boisterous beginning to a concerto than the first bars of the Britten? The concerto sets a youthful mood from the start and never fails to be a refreshing piece of music. The concerto is cast in four movements beginning with a Toccata, followed by a Waltz, an Impromptu and finally a March. The arrangement is more like a suite than a concerto. The Impromptu is a passacaglia with a languorous Spanish-like melody, announced early in the movement. The soloist has a demanding job with the percussive effects in the March and the long cadenza-like passage of the Toccata. The concerto is magnificently played by Svastoslav Richter and the playing by the English Chamber Orchestra could not be more passionate.

The Violin Concerto similarly displays a mastery of the instrument and orchestra. The concerto begins with a brief orchestral introduction, with a drum motto, and the soloist enters with a beautiful, wistful melody that quickly becomes more assertive. The middle movement is a lively scherzo and leads directly into the passacaglia finale linked by a cadenza. The finale is bleak in tone but the tempi picks up until the music is triumphant and ends quietly with the same wistful atmosphere that the music began. Mark Lubotsky is marvelous in the concerto. His tone is absolutely soaring and he meets the technical demands of the work beautifully.

Even though Benjamin Britten was only in his mid-twenties, these concertos bear a maturity and sureness that were beyond his years. His recording of them is superb and belongs in the collection of anyone who loves instrumental concertos.
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