Xaver Scharwenka : Piano Concerto No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 3 Import
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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.
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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The romantic era featured many touring piano virtuosos, and Xaver Scharwenka was near the top of the class of the virtuosos in the quality of the concerti he wrote. Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Ursiform
Seta Tanyel has little or no competition in the 3rd Piano Concerto, so I guess that's the main reason to get this disk. Read morePublished on June 23, 2007 by Classic Music Lover