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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 14 - Litolff: Concerto Symphonique No 2 in B Minor / Concerto Symphonique No 4 in D minor Import


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  • Performer: Peter Donohoe
  • Orchestra: Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Composer: Henry Charles Litolff
  • Audio CD (February 10, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZY8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto Symphonique No 2 In B minor Op 22: Maestoso
2. Concerto Symphonique No 2 In B minor Op 22: Scherzo
3. Concerto Symphonique No 2 In B minor Op 22: Andante
4. Concerto Symphonique No 2 In B minor Op 22: Rondo: Allegretto
5. Concerto Symphonique No 4 In D minor Op 102: Allegro con fuoco
6. Concerto Symphonique No 4 In D minor Op 102: Scherzo: Presto
7. Concerto Symphonique No 4 In D minor Op 102: Adagio religioso
8. Concerto Symphonique No 4 In D minor Op 102: Allegro impetuoso

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Add it to your collection and you too can imagine the applause...
Jim T
The music is delightful, and Donohoe makes great use of the opportunity to show his talent.
Jill Malter
I have listened to these pieces many times, and I still enjoy them very much.
Alan Beggerow

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By NotATameLion on October 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In the one hundred and thirty years since its composition, Litolff's fourth piano concerto has been recorded in its entirety only twice. One has the feeling that this excellent disc from Hyperion is about to change all that.
Henry Litolff's story is a fascinating one. Born the son of a musician, Henry was, as an adolescent, impressed into working at a piano factory. One day, while demonstrating a piano to a customer, he was "discovered" as a talent by the factory's owner. The owner took Henry under his wing and paid for him to receive formal lessons.
Litolff went on to have four marriages and travel much of Europe as a performer. He composed reams of music--from salon pieces to larger concertos (like the two included here).
Litolff's popular yet well-educated style makes for some pretty enjoyable and accessible listening. In fact, the scherzo of the fourth concerto has been something of a show piece in its own right. It is a lively, almost dancing piece that allows the pianist to demonstrate their adeptness at full speed. I find both concertos to be quite enjoyable. This is what romantic music should be!
I have greatly enjoyed the work that the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has done with Hyperion. This disc is no exception to what is quickly becoming a rule with them (a rule of excellency). The sound is up to Hyperion's typically top notch standard. Andrew Litton has a great grasp on the spirit of Litolff's music and it comes through in his conducting. Peter Donohoe proves himself to be a strong advocate of both pieces.
This disc is well worth hearing. I recommend it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Fife on November 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favourites in the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series. Litolff's music is full of Chopin, Brahms, and other great Romantics. The 4 movement symphonic structure is unique for piano concertos and the music performed, both by the soloist and the orchestra, is top notch. If you like the Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms piano concertos, you will have no problem enjoying these gems.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan Beggerow VINE VOICE on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After listening to these two pieces, it's a mystery why Litolff's music ended up being mostly forgotten. It is well-crafted and needs a sensitive virtuoso for the piano part, for the piano roars in some places, whispers in others, and touches the heart in yet others.

The style of these pieces is quite different from some romantic piano concerti, where the piano is the star and the orchestra merely plays along. In these pieces, the piano and orchestra are equals, and the results are stunning.

I have listened to these pieces many times, and I still enjoy them very much. Hopefully they will find a place in the piano/orchestra programs of orchestras. These pieces need to be heard more often.

Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on December 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
These are two fine piano concertos, and they are very well performed. The fourth is my favorite of the Litolff concertos. It was composed in the 1850s, but I think of Litolff more as a precursor to Rachmaninoff than, say, a contemporary of Schumann. The music is delightful, and Donohoe makes great use of the opportunity to show his talent.

Litolff is not a well known composer, but I assure those who may not have heard his works that they won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Hanrahan on May 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
was driving my car and this piece started to play on my radio. I was knocked out by the interplay between the orchestra and the piano. I've listened to many piano concerti before and I love; Liszt,Rachmaninoff,Beethoven and Bartok to name just a few. I found this composition to rate with any of these composers. I was bouncing with the syncopation of the play between the piano and the orchestra and the slow passages were bringing tears to my eyes.If a piece of music can get a reaction out of a listener, what more could you ask for? I can see why it would not be performed live,if either the pianist or the orchestra miss a beat, it's over! I wish some major pianists would record it, I'm sure it would receive more recognition and also Henry Litoff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Hyperion here provides us with an opportunity at last to hear the at least somewhat famous scherzo of Litolff's fourth Concerto symphonique in context. I don't think anyone expected a masterpiece (and it emphatically isn't) but the whole work is certainly enjoyable, and so is its companion. Litolff himself (1818-1891) was a composer-performer in the tradition of Moscheles, Kalkbrenner and Thalberg with - as is the case for the other three mentioned - one foot in the classical and one in the romantic period. The "concerto symphonique" title is due to the four movement form which sometimes gives the sense of symphonies with piano obbligatos rather than concerti, yet the virtuoso nature of the piano part is rarely in doubt. In fact, in both works the brilliant fireworks-scherzi are the most memorable movements.

Donohoe plays stylishly and isn't fazed by the technical hurdles. He is best, though, in the slower, poetic movements, but the playing has - perhaps - a slight tendency to be a little insensitive and lack a little in lyricism in the faster movements. Orchestral contributions from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Litton are consistently excellent. So, even though these are by no means major additions to the repertoire, this disc is certain to provide an hour of innocent enjoyment.
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