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Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 18- Korngold: Piano Concerto / Marx: Romantisches Klavierkonzert [Import]

Erich Wolfgang Korngold , Joseph Marx , Osmo Vanska , BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra , Marc-Andre Hamelin Audio CD
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  • Performer: Marc-Andre Hamelin
  • Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Osmo Vanska
  • Composer: Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Joseph Marx
  • Audio CD (February 10, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B0000063BP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Romantisches Klavierkonzert in E major: Nicht zu langsam (Andante affettuoso)
3. Romantisches Klavierkonzert in E major: Sehr lebhaft(Allegro molto)
4. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17: Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 - I
5. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 - II
6. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 - III
7. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 - IV
8. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 - V
9. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 - VI
10. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 - VII
11. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 -VIII
12. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 -IX
13. Piano Concerto in C sharp for the left hand, Op. 17 -X

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The Korngold on this disc is another of those works composed for Paul Wittgenstein, the one-armed pianist who was also the dedicatee of Ravel's Piano Concerto in D for the Left Hand, Prokofiev's Fourth, and many other fine works. We owe Wittgenstein a major debt because, although he was a pretty awful pianist (and could seldom play the pieces he commissioned), he certainly got major composers to put out some of their best efforts for him! Korngold brought all of his orchestral wizardry to bear on this sumptuous score--one of his biggest and boldest. Joseph Marx's Romantic Concerto, for two (very busy) hands, is a knockout too. Marc André Hamelin, one of the greatest keyboard virtuosos, makes playing each of these impossible works seem like a piece of cake. --David Hurwitz

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Korngold, Superlative Marx May 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Korngold Concerto is one as much for orchestra as it is for the Piano. It's primary challenge is formal, as a broad sonata form is used very freely to present many ideas based upon a variant of his "motive of the happy heart". In its way, it is rather forward looking, the harmony pointing towards the 3rd String Quartet and the late Symphony in F#.
The Marx is the gem of this disc. If you only know Marx as a composer of songs (and he was one of the greatest at lieder writing) you will be shocked. The melodic material is memorable, particularly the 2nd subject of the first movement and the primary Rondo theme of the 3rd movement. The piano writing is of the utmost brilliance, yet never seems to be so for its own sake. It just fits. Harmonically, Marx is extremely ingenious working within an expanded tonal framework. If you listen closely you will hear this tonal framework undermined by constantly shifting lines in the middle register, which lends the work a more complex feeling than the title "Romatisches" implies. The concerto is more subdued than the composer's large orchestral canvasses, but still has the characteristically Marx sound: an all-consuming love of nature seemingly conveyed by endlessly imaginative detail in extension of melodic material.
It's really amazing music. Hamelin is very good as always. (Try to hear the Jorge Bolet aircheck for an interesting contrast in the interpretation of the Marx. He is far more poetic, if less fiery.) This cd gets 5 stars because the Marx is one of the absolute greatest of Piano Concerti. You must hear it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (No title). December 6, 2000
By offeck
Format:Audio CD
Marx's concerto, one of the most wildly romantic and absolutely ravishing piano concertos, lush as lush can be, though never overwhemling or prodound, is an enormous pianistic feast, not to mention pianistic feat! Indeed, it contains a legion of difficulties! It mixes some of the best influences of Scriabin, Korngold, Debussy, and Delius. A work of exceptional craftsmanship, it's always a delight to hear, especially from the hands of Hamelin, who brings it all off with consummate ease... Korngold's remarkable and left-hand concerto makes such a virtue out of gladiatorial spread-chords trickery that it is striking how incredibly difficult it would be to play this piece as written with the right hand in addition to just the left! Such a splendid and romantic Hero concerto of struggle this is, symphonically blending piano with orchestra. Hamelin delivers a luxuriant reading filled with poetry, tremendous power, and authority. A thoroughly pleasant and pleasing disc. Highly recommendable; Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two lesser-known concerti with Hamelin at his best November 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Once again, Marc-André Hamelin delves into far corners of the piano world and delivers fearless performances of two seldom-played pieces. The Korngold, written for Paul Wittgenstein who also commissioned masterpieces such as the Ravel "Left Hand" Piano Concerto, is marvelously satisfying and should be performed more often. Sumptuously written for both the piano and the orchestra, it is filled with memorable moments. I like the Marx, also, even if it is (perhaps) not quite up to the level of the Korngold. Never mind: these are pieces that deserve to be heard more often, especially when performed like this.
In recording after recording, Hamelin proves that he is one of the most brilliant pianists working today. Often choosing neglected repertoire, he illuminates as very few artists do - and invariably with stunning playing. After hearing his performance of the Korngold, you might walk away thinking that it is the finest piano concerto ever written - at least while the final chords linger in your mind.
Osmo Vänskä, the conductor-designate of the Minnesota Orchestra, also deserves credit for his outstanding direction and balancing of these immense forces, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is superb. Hyperion offers typically clear, wide-ranging sound, and excellent program notes as well. (This is but one of an impressive Hyperion series called "The Romantic Piano Concerto," including many large-scale works which are all but forgotten.)
An unusual find, and for piano lovers, perhaps essential.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pianistic excess--excessively well played March 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ever wonder what it would have been like had Richard Strauss composed a Piano Concerto instead of, say, "Don Juan?" (Yes, I know he wrote a Burleske, but that is a relatively youthful piece.)
Well, wonder no longer. From the very opening bars, Joseph Marx's "Romantic Concerto" virtually shouts that it is that concerto. Here we have the lush orchestration, wide-ranging tunes and glorious excess which one finds in Strauss' tone poems. This piece has more calories than a whole double chocolate cake.
Whether I enjoy that much excess depends completely on my mood, however. Frequently, it seems bombastic unlike, say, the Rachmaninoff Concertos which have real emotion under a virtuosic sheen. Still, it is an enjoyable, if shallow, piece with a lovely, poetic slow movement which provides relief from the overkill of the outer movements.
The Korngold is a more sophisticated piece with slightly more astringent harmony and orchestration. It makes a good discmate for the Marx, however, because it has the same compositional ethos (ie. why give us a simple tune and harmony when you can have three tunes interweaving amid an overheated atmosphere! ) Besides, you'll be amazed that Korngold wrote soo many notes for one hand!
Regardless of the content of this music, it is wonderfully played by Hamelin and the recording is up to Hyperion's high standards. Both pieces would certainly bring the house down in a concert hall.
Not my favorite disc in this terrific Hyperion series, but when I'm in the mood it's a great wallow!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Across 2 centuries
These really don't belong on the same disk they are so radically different. Marx is a lushly romantic piece, I think as fine as many other romantic concertos prior to the 20th... Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by sergei kochkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Performances
Joseph Marx wrote some very fine music that has not gained much of a foothold in concert repertory. He called his concerto a Romantic Piano Concerto and the music lives up to its... Read more
Published on September 9, 2009 by David A. Wend
5.0 out of 5 stars In a consistently fascinating series this issue is one that truly...
The Romantisches Klavierkonzert of Joseph Marx (1882-1964) has been recorded elsewhere, on an ASV disc where it is coupled with his second concerto, Castelli Romani, by David... Read more
Published on August 26, 2009 by G.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon: Spare Us Jed Distler's Tired Cuteness
Both performances by Hamelin are superb as are both concertos, albeit in different ways. (Marx's gem looks backward to the 19th century, while Erich Wolfgang Korngold's concerto... Read more
Published on February 7, 2009 by T. Beers
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Marx ... Claustrophobic Korngold
Most people would expect the Korngold work to be the melodious one here. And also the one with the better orchestration. How wrong they would be! Read more
Published on May 5, 2007 by Classic Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Best recording of the Korngold to date...
I agree with one of the previous reviewers: the Marx concerto is certainly the weaker of the two on this CD. Read more
Published on July 23, 2003 by "janus_kreisler_sachs"
3.0 out of 5 stars The Korngold is interesting, Hamelin good as always, but...
The Marx concerto is a slagging, tepid thing, and I'm not sure what would inspire Hamelin to record this one in particular, if simply to display his hyper-virtuosic skills yet... Read more
Published on March 29, 2003
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