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Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 10 - Weber: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor; Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major; Koncertstück in F minor Import

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Carl Maria von Weber : Concerto pour piano & orch. n° 1, J98 (Op. 11) - Concerto pour piano & orch. n° 2, J155 (Op. 32) - Konzertstuck pour piano & orch., J282 (Op 79) / Nikolai Demidenko, piano - Scottish Chamber Orchestra, dir. Sir Charles Mackerras

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 In C Major, J98 (Op 11): Allegro
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 In C Major, J98 (Op 11): Adagio
  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 In C Major, J98 (Op 11): Presto
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 In E Flat, J155 (Op 32): Allegro maestoso
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 In E Flat, J155 (Op 32): Adagio
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 In E Flat, J155 (Op 32): Rondo: Presto
  7. Konzerstück In F Minor, J282 (Op 79): Larghetto affettuoso
  8. Konzerstück In F Minor, J282 (Op 79): Allegro passionato
  9. Konzerstück In F Minor, J282 (Op 79): Tempo di Marcia
  10. Konzerstück In F Minor, J282 (Op 79): Più mosso - Presto giojoso


Product Details

  • Performer: Nikolai Demidenko
  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orcestra
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Carl Maria Von Weber
  • Audio CD (March 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There are several reasons this is one of the best in a series that has unearthed a number of gems (and some real clunkers, too): First, Demidenko seems the perfect soloist for the assignment. He relishes Weber's Biedermeier grace and really throws himself into the whirlwind last movements. Second, the redoubtable Sir Charles proves the ultimate accompanist, his Scottish orchestra as responsive an instrument as the Philadelphia under Ormandy.
Third, there is the music. Weber was a virtuoso but also a composer of great skill, which can't be said of many of the composer-pianists of the 19th century. His Konzertstuck is an acknowledged classic of Romanticism. Despite the fact that its program--dealing with a knight's departure for the war, rumored death, and triumphant return to his beloved--is provides pretty threadbare storyline, the music is anything but threadbare, the first movement brimming with minor-key drama and the last, a fantasia on a march theme, a tour de force for both pianist and orchestra. But Weber's two concertos are pretty wonderful stuff, too, with infectiously bouyant fast movements (especially the Second Concerto's last movement) and slow movements full of proto-Romantic innigkeit.
Go for this one.
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With amazing technical vituosity, Demidenko carries us excitingly through these rarely performed works. His technique is boundless in it's breadth, and his firey interpretation makes us wonder why these pieces are so neglected. Such pieces are child's play under the command of this unforgettable artist. For anyone serious about piano, this CD is a must!
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Weber's piano music is not well known. Most people know of one opera and some of the overtures. I have enjoyed Weber's piano concertos and Konzertstuck for years in record format and I wanted them in CD format. This CD with Sir Charles Mackerraas, conductor, and Nikolai Demidenko, pianist, is every bit as good as the old record I have, scratches and all. Of the three pieces, Concerto No 2 is a more exciting work than Concerto No 1, but Konzertstuck is a close second. All three pieces are wonderful, romantic pieces that should be known to a lot more people than know of them now. I recommend that classical music lovers get acquainted with these wonderful pieces of music and enjoy them as much as I do.
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Let's start with the more known ingredients in the gem of a recording - Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Before his death in 2010, he recorded two cycles of Mozart Symphonies, two cycles of Mozart piano concertos - one with John O' Connor and the other with the legendary Alfred Brendel, and in relationship to this recording - most of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas on Telarc with the same ensemble on this Hyperion recording. On every recording thoughtful, spirited interpretations. And I believe his signature as a conductor is emotional involvement and detailed dynamics - getting across the character of a piece - never rushing or plodding through anything. His recording of Schubert's Great Symphony with the Orchestra of the Age on Enlightenment on Virgin Classics is one of the most underrated achievements in the history of recorded sound.

On this recording of Carl Maria von Weber's first and second Piano Concertos, we get something that sounds like a cross between what a piano concerto would have sounded like if Schubert and Mendelssohn had collaborated. Charming doesn't really seem to describe these pieces, but especially on the slow movements you get Romantic that at times seems to have been inspired by Mozart. But as soon as you make the connection in your head, Weber takes you to this place of romantic whimsy - definitely early romantic period. The pieces are sumptuous at times, you will find yourself humming the melodies. My only experience with von Weber prior to listening to these recording was with the Oberon Overture. No matter how obscure these pieces are today, I agree with another reviewer that found these recording to be among the best in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto Series.
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Much like his two Symphonies in C, Carl Maria Von Weber’s piano concertos have one foot in the Classical Era and the other in the sproutings of the Romantic Era. While not as popular as his two Clarinet Concertos, his piano concertos exhibit the refined classicism of delicate melody making and harmonic structure, but also display some forward romantic tendencies in his concerto orchestrations (I’m looking at you Adagio) and in the rhapsodic Konzertstuck. While I never feel Von Weber completely thrusts himself into Romanticism (although his operas come the closest), he only lived to 39 years of age and, in my opinion, succeeded in innovation a little better than his longer-lived contemporaries Cherubini, Clementi, and Hummel.

Nikolai Demidenko is a promoter of Von Weber’s piano music, and it shows in this recording with lots of scale runs, cheerful melodies, and the occasional aggressive attack. I would describe the piano part, and musical settings in general, as delicately humorous and lilting, generally devoid of any sturm and drang or throbbing yens associated with the later romantics.
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