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Xaver Scharwenka : Piano Concerto No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 3 Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro Non Troppo
  4. Maestoso
  5. Adagio
  6. Allegro Non Troppo


Product Details

  • Performer: Seta Tanyel
  • Orchestra: Radio Philharmonie Hannover des NDR
  • Conductor: Tadeusz Strugala
  • Composer: Xaver Scharwenka
  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00009WQV0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If this recording proves anything, it is the randomness of the piano canon. For here we have two largely forgotten piano concertos that can hold their own against almost anything you throw at them - and are preferable to much that is recycled every season in many a concert hall.

Yet both of these Scharwenka concertos are very different. The second concerto is a fiery affair, a proper vehicle for the soloist to show her skills. Number three, on the other hand, is perhaps the most contemplative of the Scharwenka concertos, with an uncharacteristically laid-back, but truly moving adagio.

Both are very demanding on the soloist, but Tanyel, so obviously at home with this repertoire, pulls off a splendid performance, as do Strugala and his orchestra. The second concerto has also been recorded by Laurence Jeanningros with Paul Freeman conducting the Czech National Orchestra, but the results are comparable and this is probably the more attractive coupling (Jeanningros' is with the more immature first concerto). Highly recommended.
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I reviewed this CD under it's first incarnation on the Collins Classics label. That disc had a small blemish on it, so I was overjoyed that Hyperion was able to get the rights to rerelease this disc. It was even lost in my extensive CD collection and it took me about 2 weeks to find it in another CD case! I would have rebought it if I hadn't found it, because I really love this recording. Because of it, I want to learn the 2nd concerto and perform it someday. It is really influenced by the Beethoven 3rd concerto, but romanticized. The last movement was made famous by Raymond Lewenthal on an old Sony LP, but he also revised the ending because of the reference in the coda to the first movement. I much prefer the original version, as performed here. The 3rd concerto also has much to recommend it, and this is it's only recording to date. Scharwenka makes much out of the opening theme but somehow making it fresh. This work is more of a fantasia than anything else, but it is very strong thanks to Tanyel, Strugala and company. Heartily recommended!!!
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Xaver Scharwenka maintains a fringe presence - on record, if not in the concert hall - mainly through his piano concertos, part of that batch of second-league romantic concertos that seem to be used mainly as a vehicle for the display of digitial prowess by the great piano virtuosos of the 1970s like Raymond Lewenthal (The Concert Recordings- Liszt: Totentanz / Rubinstein: Concerto No. 4 / Henselt: Concerto in F / Scharwenka: Concerto No. 2 / Alkan: Solo Works), Michael Ponti (The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol.3), Earl Wild (Scharwenka: Piano Concerto No. 1; Paderewski: Piano Concerto; Balakirev: Reminiscences of "A Life for the Czar", Paderewski / Scharwenka Piano Concertos; there are other entries for the same) or these days Stephen Hough (Scharwenka: Piano Concerto No. 4 in F minor; Sauer: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor) and Marc-André Hamelin (Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4; Scharwenka: Piano Concerto No. 1). Nonetheless, it is through his chamber music that I first encountered Scharwenka's music (see my review of ...Read more ›
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Seta Tanyel delivers yet another virtuoso performance of Scharwenka's music. The second concerto is excellent but inferior to Michael Ponti's magical interpretation. Nevertheless a welcome addition to the genre. Tanyel's performance of the third concerto is also excellent and reveals many beautiful nuances of this outstanding but hitherto forgotten work.

Scharwenka was one of the most brilliant and influencial composer/performers of the late 19th century, whose best solo piano compositions were equal in quality to those of Chopin and whose concerti were superior. Afficionados of the Romantic Era will share my gratitude to Tanyel for her pioneering efforts in bringing Scharwenka's music back into the repertoire. Bravo Seta!
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