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Romantic Piano Concerto 42 [Import]

Eyvind Alnaes , Christian Sinding , Andrew Litton , Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra , Piers Lane Audio CD
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  • Performer: Piers Lane
  • Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Composer: Eyvind Alnaes, Christian Sinding
  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000NJM4IO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1. Allegro Moderato
2. Lento
3. Allegro Assai (Tempo Di Valse)
4. Allegro Non Troppo
5. Andante
6. Allegro Non Assai

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5.0 out of 5 stars Following in Grieg's Footsteps July 17, 2007
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The Piano Concerti on this disc represent an antidote to the Grieg concerto by two obscure Norwegian composers. Both Eyvind Alnaes and Christian Sinding were forced to write more marketable popular songs instead of what might be termed "serious" compositions, and both were able to write a single piano concerto during their lives. Christian Sinding's concerto was written in 1889 and was revised in 1901 (which is played on this recording). It struck me as a grand work following in the footsteps of Grieg but not incorporating any of the folk melodies that the older composer user; Sinding was much more cosmopolitan in his outlook and was influenced by Liszt and Wagner. The three movements of Sinding's concerto are connected by thematic relationships. In the second movement, described by critics of the time as "Nordic," a solo horn presents the main theme of the first movement and goes on in a dreamy character. The final movement has a more heroic character and is darker in character, somewhat like Sibelius.

The Concerto of Eyvind Alnaes, written in the Romantic style of Anton Rubinstein and Sergei Rachmaninov, has an immediate appeal for the brilliant melodies and virtuoso piano writing. The concerto is scored for a large orchestra that includes eight horns, four trumpet, two tubas and six trombones. The first movement comes close to sounding like a mini-tone poem with a passionate theme played by the full orchestra alternating with quieter, more reflective passages. The middle movement is written as a funeral march but it is not entirely somber: the music has a triumphant middle section before returning to the mournful theme; then, with a roll of timpani, the final waltz movement begins; a charming mixture of popular tunes woven together with a brilliant piano part.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Potboilers January 22, 2008
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For those who like their piano concertos with filled big tunes and grand gestures (think Rachmaninoff and Grieg) these two concerti fit the bill perfectly. Thoroughly enjoyable, if little known, works by "minor" composers, that are wonderfully played. Five stars for the music, three for the recording, which seems to me a little congested and not quite up to Hyperion's usual high standard.
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With few exceptions I have been rating the romantic piano and violin concertos (66) in the 4 star range. Yes they are pleasant, beautiful and all worth listening to. But most are simply not memorable being tier 2 concertos. But the concertos by these Norwegian composers have the romance, power, virtuosity, and thematic beauty which have caused us to revere but only a dozen or so piano concertos; witness what is usually played at classical concerts. These two stand out from the Hyperion pack as forgotten and hidden gems that you will listen to many times.
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