Czerny & Viotti - Piano Concertos | Brilliant Classics 94899

Czerny & Viotti - Piano Concertos


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 94899

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th May 2016



Carl Czerny has yet to emerge fully from his established place in the shadow of Beethoven as principally a composer of punishing studies for young and developing pianists, but this release should help him on his way. The A minor Concerto, Op.214 is a full‐scale essay of early Romanticism, composed in Vienna in 1829, full of the technical challenges he understood so well but distinguished by moments of high drama, especially in the brilliant concluding Rondo.

A Rossinian influence comes to the fore in the Concerto for two pianos, Op.153 from four years earlier. It is as though Czerny conceived of this concerto as a way of testing the entire expressive potential of a piano entrusted to four hands. Ranging from almost imperceptible pianissimi to deafening fortissimo, the two pianists weave a tapestry of surprising complexity over the struts of the orchestral accompaniment.

If anything the works by Viotti are even less often encountered, but no less charming to the ear. The composer is well‐known as a founder of the Italian virtuoso violin tradition – just a little before Paganini – but he was also a skilled pianist. David Boldrini has recorded here contemporaneous arrangements (probably not made by the composer) of a pair of Viotti’s violin concertos, No.19 and No.9, in which parts of the solo violin part survive as an important concertante element.

David Boldrini’s previous recording on Brilliant Classics was of the 88 keyboard sonatas (BC95027) by one of Czerny’s pre-eminent contemporaries, Domenico Cimarosa. He is a composer, conductor and player of diverse keyboard instruments according to the style of the period under consideration, among them organ, harpsichord and early examples of the piano in development. He is also a former pupil of Bruno Canino and the pioneer of a historically informed keyboard style, Paul Badura‐Skoda.

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