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Russian Piano Concertos

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95520BR

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 15

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th March 2018

Contents

Works

Arensky, Anton

Piano Concerto in F minor, op.2

Balakirev, Mili

Piano Concerto no.2 in E flat major, op.posth.

Bortkiewicz, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.2, op.28 (for the left hand)
Piano Concerto no.3 'Per Aspera ad Astra', op.32

Glazunov, Alexander

Piano Concerto no.1 in F minor, op.92
Piano Concerto no.2 in B major, op.100

Kabalevsky, Dimitry

Piano Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.9
Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.23
Piano Concerto no.3 in D major, op.50

Khachaturian, Aram

Concerto-Rhapsody in D flat major for piano and orchestra
Piano Concerto in D flat major, op.38

Khrennikov, Tikhon

Piano Concerto no.2 in C major, op.21

Lyapunov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.1 in E flat major, op.4
Piano Concerto no.2 in E major, op.38
Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, op.28

Medtner, Nikolai

Piano Concerto no.3 in E minor, op.60

Mosolov, Alexander

Piano Concerto no.1, op.14

Moszkowski, Moritz

Piano Concerto in E major, op.59

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.17

Prokofiev, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.1 in D flat major, op.10
Piano Concerto no.3 in C major, op.26
Piano Concerto no.4 in B flat major, op.53 (for the left hand)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18
Piano Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, op.30

Rubinstein, Anton

Concertstuck in A flat major for piano and orchestra, op.113
Piano Concerto no.4 in D minor, op.70

Scharwenka, Xaver

Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.56

Scriabin, Alexander

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, op.20

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Piano Concerto no.1 in C minor, op.35
Piano Concerto no.2 in F major, op.102

Tchaikovsky, Boris

Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Concerto no.1 in B flat minor, op.23
Piano Concerto no.2 in G major, op.44

Artists

Evgeny Kissin (piano)
In‐Ju Bang (piano)
Felicja Blumental (piano)
Stefan Doniga (piano)
Boris Giltburg (piano)
Bernd Glemser (piano)
Derek Han (piano)
Maria Littauer (piano)
Hsin‐Ni Liu (piano)
Kun‐Woo Paik (piano)
Michael Ponti (piano)
Klara Wurtz (piano)
Steffen Schleiermacher (piano)
Olga Solovieva (piano)
Shorena Tsintsabadze (piano)
Oxana Yablonskaya (piano)
Rhys Owen (trumpet)
Pavel Alfyorov (double bass)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonia Hungarica
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine
Ireland National Symphony Orchestra
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Russian Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Conductors

Jorg Faerber
Hans Drewanz
David Porcelijn
Dmitry Yablonsky
Paul Freeman
Vladimir Fedoseyev
Othmar Maga
Helmuth Froschauer
Pierre Cao
Siegfried Landau
Hans Richard Stracke
Richard Kapp
Vladimir Sirenko
Jerzy Maksymiuk
Antoni Wit
Vasily Petrenko
Timur Mynbaev
Johannes Kalitzke

Works

Arensky, Anton

Piano Concerto in F minor, op.2

Balakirev, Mili

Piano Concerto no.2 in E flat major, op.posth.

Bortkiewicz, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.2, op.28 (for the left hand)
Piano Concerto no.3 'Per Aspera ad Astra', op.32

Glazunov, Alexander

Piano Concerto no.1 in F minor, op.92
Piano Concerto no.2 in B major, op.100

Kabalevsky, Dimitry

Piano Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.9
Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.23
Piano Concerto no.3 in D major, op.50

Khachaturian, Aram

Concerto-Rhapsody in D flat major for piano and orchestra
Piano Concerto in D flat major, op.38

Khrennikov, Tikhon

Piano Concerto no.2 in C major, op.21

Lyapunov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.1 in E flat major, op.4
Piano Concerto no.2 in E major, op.38
Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, op.28

Medtner, Nikolai

Piano Concerto no.3 in E minor, op.60

Mosolov, Alexander

Piano Concerto no.1, op.14

Moszkowski, Moritz

Piano Concerto in E major, op.59

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.17

Prokofiev, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.1 in D flat major, op.10
Piano Concerto no.3 in C major, op.26
Piano Concerto no.4 in B flat major, op.53 (for the left hand)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18
Piano Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, op.30

Rubinstein, Anton

Concertstuck in A flat major for piano and orchestra, op.113
Piano Concerto no.4 in D minor, op.70

Scharwenka, Xaver

Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.56

Scriabin, Alexander

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, op.20

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Piano Concerto no.1 in C minor, op.35
Piano Concerto no.2 in F major, op.102

Tchaikovsky, Boris

Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Concerto no.1 in B flat minor, op.23
Piano Concerto no.2 in G major, op.44

Artists

Evgeny Kissin (piano)
In‐Ju Bang (piano)
Felicja Blumental (piano)
Stefan Doniga (piano)
Boris Giltburg (piano)
Bernd Glemser (piano)
Derek Han (piano)
Maria Littauer (piano)
Hsin‐Ni Liu (piano)
Kun‐Woo Paik (piano)
Michael Ponti (piano)
Klara Wurtz (piano)
Steffen Schleiermacher (piano)
Olga Solovieva (piano)
Shorena Tsintsabadze (piano)
Oxana Yablonskaya (piano)
Rhys Owen (trumpet)
Pavel Alfyorov (double bass)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonia Hungarica
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine
Ireland National Symphony Orchestra
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Russian Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Conductors

Jorg Faerber
Hans Drewanz
David Porcelijn
Dmitry Yablonsky
Paul Freeman
Vladimir Fedoseyev
Othmar Maga
Helmuth Froschauer
Pierre Cao
Siegfried Landau
Hans Richard Stracke
Richard Kapp
Vladimir Sirenko
Jerzy Maksymiuk
Antoni Wit
Vasily Petrenko
Timur Mynbaev
Johannes Kalitzke

About

This fascinating survey of the Russian (and Polish!) piano concerto in 15 CDs includes the masterworks of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov – beloved examples at the pinnacle of both Russian music and the piano concerto genre – along with more‐ and lesser-known yet all eminently worthy works by composers from both Imperial and Soviet Russia and those by Paderewski, Scharwenka and Moszkowski, who were born in what today is Poland.

Though the piano concerto is now inextricably linked in modern minds to the Russian repertoire, the area’s isolation meant that it would take some time for the genre to take hold there, but that it would grow into a unique, characteristic and varied expression. The accompanying essay by David Moncur leads interested readers logically along the timeline of the genre’s development in the east of Europe, exploring the generational and stylistic interconnections between fellow‐composers and musician colleagues who were teachers, mentors, supporters and dedicatees.

Recordings date from between 1964 and 2016

Tracklisting:

CD1
Sergei Lyapnov (1859–1924)
1. Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, op.4
2. Piano Concerto No.2 in E, op.38
3. Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, op.28

Shorena Tsintsabadze piano
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky
- Recording: 2–6 March 2008, Studio 5, Russian State TV and Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow, Russia

CD2
Anton Rubinstein (1829–1894)
Piano Concerto No.4 in D minor, op.70
1. I. Moderato assai
2. II. Andante
3. III. Allegro
4. Konzertstück, op.113 for piano and orchestra

Michael Ponti piano (1–3)
Philharmonia Hungarica / Othmar Maga (1–3)
Felicja Blumental piano (4)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Helmuth Froschauer (4)
- Recordings: 1968 (1–3); 1969, Vienna (4)

CD3
Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951)
Piano Concerto No.3 in E minor, op.60
1. I. Con moto, largamente
2. II. Interludium: Allegro molto sostenuto, misterioso – III. Finale: Allegro molto
Mily Balakirev (1837–1910)
Piano Concerto No.2 in E flat
3. I. Allegro non troppo
4. II. Adagio – III. Allegro risoluto
Sergei Lyapunov
5. Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, op.28 

Michael Ponti piano
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg / Pierre Cao (1–2)
Westphalian Symphony Orchestra / Siegfried Landau (3–5)
- Recordings: 1973 (1–2), 1975 (3–5), Südwest Tonstudio, Stuttgart

CD4
Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904–1987)
Piano Concerto No.1 in A minor, op.9
1. I. Moderato quasi andantino
2. II. Moderato - Allegro assai
3. III. Vivace marcato
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, op.23
4. I. Allegro moderato
5. II. Andantino semplice
6. III. Allegro molto
Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936)
7. Piano Concerto No.2 in B, op.100

In-Ju Bang (1–6) · Oxana Yablonskaya (7) piano
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra (1–6) · Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (7) / Dmitry Yablonsky
- Recording: 18–23 June 1996, Mosfilm Studio, Moscow, Russia (7); 24–28 December 2004, Studio 5, Russian State TV and Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow, Russia (1–6)

CD5
Dmitry Kabalevsky
Piano Concerto No.3 in D, op.50 ‘Youth’
1. I. Allegro molto
2. II. Andante con moto
3. III. Presto
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
4. Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, op.30
Alexander Glazunov
Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor, op.92
5. I. Allegro moderato
6. II. Theme with variations

Hsin-Ni Liu (1–4) · Oxana Yablonskaya (5–6) piano
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra (1–4) · Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (5–6) / Dmitry Yablonsky
- Recordings: 18–23 June 1996, Mosfilm Studio, Moscow, Russia (5–6); 10–15 June 2005 & 29 November 2006, Studio 5, Russian State TV and Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow, Russia (1–4)

CD6
Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978)
Piano Concerto in D flat
1. I. Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso
2. II. Andante con anima
3. III. Allegro brilliante
4. Concert Rhapsody in D flat for piano and orchestra

Oxana Yablonskaya piano
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky
- Recording: December 1995, Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia

CD7
Moritz Moszkowski (1854–1925)
Piano Concerto in E, op.59
1. I. Moderato
2. II. Andante
3. III. Scherzo: Vivace
4. IV. Allegro deciso
Xaver Scharwenka (1850–1924)
Piano Concerto in C minor, op.56
5. I. Allegro
6. II. Adagio
7. III. Allegro non troppo

Michael Ponti piano
Philharmonia Hungarica / Hans Richard Stracke (1–4)
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra / Richard Kapp (5–7)
- Recordings: 1969 (1–4), 1972 (5–7), Südwest Tonstudio, Stuttgart

CD8
Anton Arensky (1861–1906)
Piano Concerto in F minor, op.2
1. I. Allegro maestoso
2. II. Andante con moto
3. III. Finale: Allegro molto
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860–1941)
Piano Concerto in A minor, op.17
4. I. Allegro
5. II. Romanza: Andante
6. III. Finale: Allegro molto vivace

Maria Littauer piano (1–3)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra / Jörg Faerber (1–3)
Felicja Blumental piano (4–6)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Helmuth Froschauer (4–6)
- Recordings: 1964 (1–3); 1969, Vienna (4–6)

CD9
Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, op.20
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Andante
3. III. Allegro Moderato
Tikhon Khrennikov (1913–2007)
Piano Concerto No.2, op.21
4. I. Introduction: Moderato
5. II. Sonata: Allegro con fuoco
6. III. Rondo: Giocoso – Andantino

Michael Ponti piano (1–3)
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra / Hans Drewanz (1–3)
Evgeny Kissin piano (4–6)
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio / Vladimir Fedoseyev (4–6)
- Recordings: 1969 (1–3); 1988, Moscow, Russia LIVE (4–6)

CD10
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, op.23
1. I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
2. II. Andante semplice – Prestissimo
3. III. Allegro con fuoco
Piano Concerto No.2 in G, op.44
4. I. Allegro brilliante
5. II. Andante non troppo
6. III. Allegro con fuoco

Derek Han piano
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Paul Freeman

CD11
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, op.18
1. I. Moderato
2. II. Adagio sostenuto
3. III. Allegro scherzando
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30
4. I. Allegro ma non tanto
5. II. Intermezzo
6. III. Finale: Alla breve

Klára Würtz piano (1–3)
National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine / Vladimir Sirenko (1–3)
Bernd Glemser piano (4–6)
Ireland National Symphony Orchestra / Jerzy Maksymiuk (4–6)
- Recordings: December 1992, National Concert Hall, Dublin (4–6); 1 February 2003, Chassé Theatre, Breda, The Netherlands (1–3)

CD12
Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Piano Concerto No.3 in C, op.26
1. I. Andante – Allegro
2. II. Tema con variazioni
3. III. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Concerto No.4 in B flat, op.53
4. I. Vivace
5. II. Andante
6. III. Moderato
7. IV. Vivace
8. Piano Concerto No.1 in D flat, op.10

Kun-Woo Paik piano
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra / Antoni Wit
- Recording: 13–18 May 1991, Concert Hall of the Polish Radio, Katowice

CD13
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor, op.35
1. I. Allegro moderato
2. II. Lento
3. III. Moderato
4. IV. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.2 in F, op.102
5. I. Allegro
6. II. Andante
7. III. Allegro

Boris Giltburg piano
Rhys Owens trumpet (1–4)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko
- Recording: January 2016, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK

CD14
Boris Tchaikovsky (1925–1996)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
Alexander Mosolov (1900–1973)
Piano Concerto No.1, op.14
6. I. Andante lugubre (lento)
7. II. Tema con concertini: Lento sostenuto
8. III. Allegro – Molto marcato

Olga Solovieva piano (1–5)
Pavel Alfyorov double bass (2)
Russian Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra / Timur Mynbaev (1–5)
Steffen Schleiermacher piano (6–8)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Johannes Kalitzke (6–8)
- Recordings: 12 May 2005, Mosfilm Studios (1–5); February 2014, Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin (6–8)

CD15
Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877–1952)
Piano Concerto No.2 for the left hand, op.28
1 I. Allegro dramatico
2 II. Allegretto
3 III. Allegro dramatico
4 IV. Allegro vivo
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, op.32
5 I. Grave
6 II. Cadenza
7 III. Andante
8 IV. Lento – Maestoso – Solenne
9 V. Moderato

Stefan Doniga (piano)
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra / David Porcelijn
- Recording: Concert Hall of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrava, 9-13 June 2008

Europadisc Review

From a seed planted by JS Bach, nurtured by his sons, and cultivated by Mozart and Beethoven, the piano concerto became one of the defining genres of nineteenth-century musical Romanticism. Quickly blossoming in central and northern Europe, it was however slow to take root in Russia, but once it did so it was taken up with huge enthusiasm as a perfect vehicle for combining colourful orchestration with quintessentially Russian individual brilliance and passion. The piano concerto vogue lasted far longer in the Russian lands than elsewhere, its momentum lasting well into the second half of the twentieth century.

Now Brilliant Classics have gathered together some of the most notable examples of the Russian piano concerto in a 15-CD set that is ideal for both the inquisitive listener and the collector, featuring some eminently spinnable performances at a bargain price. Several of the recordings have been licensed from Naxos, some are from Brilliant's own back catalogue, and there also some vintage performances from VOX / Turnabout which will no doubt bring back memories for seasoned listeners.

The chronological range of works is wide, too, from Anton Rubinstein's Fourth Piano Concerto of 1864 (in a 1968 recording from Michael Ponti with the Philharmonia Hungarica under Othmar Maga), via Balakirev, Lyapunov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov and others of the Romantic tradition, and twentieth-century works by Medtner, Kabalevsky and Khachaturian, to concertos by Boris Tchaikovsky (1971) and Soviet apparatchik Tikhon Khrennikov (1972). Along the way, there are three Polish works (by Moszkowski, Scharwenka and Paderewski) from the days when Poland was part of the Russian Empire, as well as the essential classics of the repertoire: Tchaikovsky (the First and Second concertos in attractive performances by Derek Han), Rachmaninov (the Second and Third), Prokofiev (nos. 1, 3 & 4 in spirited accounts from Kun-Woo Paik and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antoni Wit) and Shostakovich (the widely acclaimed recent recordings by Boris Giltburg and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko).

Other highlights are the aforementioned Khrennikov Concerto (no.2) in a live 1988 performance from the young Evgeny Kissin caught at the beginning of his career, and a frankly unmissable recent account of Alexander Mosolov’s fabulously futurist Concerto no.1 of 1926-27 from Steffen Schleiermacher and the RSO Berlin under Johannes Kalitzke. Older recordings by Michael Ponti and more recent ones (mid-1990s) from Oxana Yablonskaya with the Moscow Philharmonic and Dmitry Yablonsky form the backbone of the set in performances that are never less than solid, and often highly engaging. It’s certainly nice to have the concertos by Lyapunov and Kabalevsky well represented (including two contrasting accounts – from Ponti and Shorena Tsintsabadze – of Lyapunov’s evergreen Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes), while the evocative scoring of Medtner’s Rusalka-inspired Third Concerto is well-served by the Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg under Pierre Cao.

Rounded off with 2008 performances of Sergei Bortkiewicz’s Second and Third Piano Concertos in performances from Stefan Doniga that, in Gramophone’s opinion, made ‘the best possible case for both works’, this set is terrific value. Wide-ranging, attractively presented, and with a usefully detailed booklet note from David Moncur, it’s an ideal starting point for exploring the many and varied delights of the Russian piano concerto genre.

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