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Melcer: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2/ Romantic Piano Cto 44 Import


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  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright
  • Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Christoph Konig
  • Composer: Henryk Melcer
  • Audio CD (January 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000Z6OLOK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Maestoso
2. Andantino
3. Vivo Ma Non Troppo E Poi Molto Accelerando
4. Allegro Moderato
5. Andante Non Troppo Lento
6. Allegro Con Fuoco

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on May 6, 2010
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Henryk Melcer was born in Poland in 1869. He began his musical studies at home, taught by a maternal grandmother and his father, eventually winning a gold medal as a student. Interestingly, he studied both music and mathematics at Warsaw University and in Vienna. Melcer was a fantastic performer and his abilities were admired by Busoni and Scriabin among others.

The Piano Concerto No. 1 was composed during 1892 - 94 while the composer was a student. The concerto was submitted to the Second Anton Rubinstein Competition in a pared down form where it won the Composition Prize. The concerto was performed in its complete form in 1896. The concerto was popular in Germany and Poland but not well received in Britain; Michael Ponti recorded it in 1980.

The concerto opens with a brief brass fanfare. The soloist enters alone with a heroic melody that is taken up by the orchestra, and then elaborated by soloist and orchestra together. The movement has a peaceful interlude until the soloist introduces a dramatic melody that builds slowly to a climax. The music builds to another climax, then settles into a quiet, reflective mood and the music fades away. The middle movement is a short Andantino, characterized by a romantic melody elaborated by soloist and orchestra. The second movement leads directly into the third, which opens with the same gentle music. A bucolic melody slowly builds from the orchestra and is joined by the soloist. Eventually, the orchestra and soloist open up with a joyous melody that is elaborated, with some brilliant passagework by the soloist.

The Piano Concerto No. 2 was composed in 1898 for the Jan Paderewski Competition where it won first prize. The concerto has been performed on a regular basis in Poland, and was recorded commercially in 1980.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2012
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Henryk Melcer-Szczawi'ski (1869 -1928) was a Polish composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. Not often performed here in the United States the entry to Melcer's works is often through the publicity that accompanies an artist who champions his music in Europe. That is the case for this listener who bought this recording based on the impression LA Phil guest conductor Christoph König created as a conductor of taste and musicality.

The summary of the works as listed in the recoding is as follows: 'Henryk Melcer an esteemed pianist who studied in Vienna with the renowned Theodor Leschetizky before himself becoming one of the most influential piano teachers of his generation in his native Poland. Both of the works presented here were prize-winners in their day. The second and third movements of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor (1892-4) formed part of Melcer's successful portfolio for the prestigious Second International Anton Rubinstein Competition in 1895. It is easy to see why the panel of jurors looked favourably upon Melcer's Concertstück. The wistful Andantino, full of luscious (if somewhat predictable) harmonic progressions, serves as a wonderfully atmospheric introduction to the restless Vivo ma non troppo e poi molto accelerando. Influenced by the dance tradition of the composer's homeland, the work presents some delightful orchestration alongside a riveting solo part that ranges from the delicate to the demonic. The Maestoso first movement, withheld from the Rubinstein Competition in order to meet requirements, is equally accomplished, with soaring melodies and a captivating (if slightly contrived) fugato shortly before its climax.
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No one is honestly going to claim that the two piano concertos by Henryk Melcer (1869-1928) contains much by way of originality. Melcer was an important figure in Polish musical life in his day, and his two concertos were apparently pretty popular – but on first hearing they come across as pastiches of more famous works, from Chopin to Brahms, with few or no original touches. In the first concerto this is a bit of a problem – this is a very predictable work, somewhat clumsily put together (with obvious seams), and relying on very unadventurous harmonies and tunes. Still, in a performance as brilliant as this it remains worth hearing, and will probably appeal to any fan of Romantic piano concertos who just wants “more of the same”; it is by no means a bad work, and occasionally there is a delectable or imaginative touch – arguably enough of them to (if barely) maintain the listener’s attention.

The second concerto is, in terms of style and overall sound world, more of the same – yet it is also, somehow, completely different: This work strikes me as much more formally fluent; the melodies, though similar to the ones in the first concerto, are suddenly memorable, the scoring is good, and it gathers plenty of momentum. The first movement is still Brahmsian, but with a Eastern European tinge that gives it character, and the Andante, though the ideas are simple, is very effective. The brilliant finale is fantastic fun – a racing, glittering, feisty whirlwind of a movement that is immediately striking and memorable. In short, my impression is, even upon repeated listening, that this is a significant work, worth comparison at least with, say, the best of the Scharwenka concertos or the Paderewski.

The performances are brilliant.
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