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The Greatest Piano Concertos: Mozart, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov [7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Disc] [Blu-ray Audio] [Audio Only]

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Editorial Reviews

Disc 1. Alfred Brendel, accompanied by Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra presenting the grandest of Mozart s C major concerto.
It has the following three movements:
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante in F major
3. Allegretto
The expansive first movement is one of Mozart's most symphonic concerto movements. This movement subtly slips in and out of the minor several times. The secondary theme of the concerto's first movement is a march that often reminds people of the then unwritten Marseillaise. Beethoven references this concerto in his own Fourth Piano Concerto. In addition, the famous motif in the first movement of Beethoven s Fifth Symphony resembles one found in this concerto. The tranquil second movement is in sonata form, but lacks a development. It extensively uses the winds. The third movement is a sonata-rondo that opens with a gavotte theme from Mozart's opera Idomeneo. Girdlestone considers this movement to be very serious-minded. Like the first movement, it touches upon the minor; however, it ends confidently and triumphantly.

Disc also includes:
Mozart Sonata in E flat major K282
Mozart Sonata in D major K 576
Mozart Fantasia in C minor K.396

Disc 2. In his own words, Grieg aspired to paint Norwegian nature, Norwegian folk-life, Norwegian history and Norwegian folk-poetry in music. In Autumn sees Grieg take inspiration from the forces of nature, both life-giving and destructive, whether it be from the farmers harvest celebrations or the ensuing death and decay, while the Symphonic dances make extensive use of Norwegian folk-melodies. Indeed it has often been said that the famous Piano Concerto has an element of untamed wildness in its opening timpani roll followed by the cascading chimes of the piano. Whatever its inspiration, this cornerstone of the piano repertoire remains one of the most enduringly-popular of all concertos on account of its profusion of inspired melodies, noble eloquence and poetic vitality.

Album works:

Grieg, Edvard : In Autumn for Piano 4 hands, Op. 11
Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 Performer: Håvard Gimse (Piano)
Grieg, Edvard : Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64
Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period Time: Romantic

Disc 3. Tchaikovsky s Piano Concerto No. 1, with its big tunes, winning melodies (some based on Ukrainian folk-songs) and brilliant orchestration, has become the most popular of all Russian concertos. The less familiar Piano Concerto No. 3 was originally a single movement which the pianist, Sergey Taneyev, turned into a three movement work by orchestrating Tchaikovsky s sketches for his unrealised Seventh Symphony, published in 1897 as the Andante and Finale, Op.79
Album works:
1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. post. 75
3. Pieces (2, andante & finale), for piano & orchestra, Op. post. 79 (completed by Taneyev, also arr. for 2 pianos)
Performed by Russian Philharmonic Orchestra with Konstantin Scherbakov Conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky

Disc 4. The Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky featuring pianist Konstantin Scherbakov performing Rachmaninov Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. Konstantin Scherbakov's endless repertoire accomplishments continue to amaze. Specialising in virtuoso repertoire, much of it previously considered unplayable, Scherbakov has been called 'modern Rachmaninov.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
I. Moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve

Product Details

  • Blu-ray Audio (January 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Surround Records /
  • Run Time: 327 minutes
  • ASIN: B0070NZA96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,908,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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