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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 47 - Jadassohn, Draeseke / Becker, Sanderling, Berlin Radio SO

Album Summary

>Jadassohn, Salomon : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 89
>Jadassohn, Salomon : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 90
>Draeseke, Felix : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 36
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Though barely remembered now, both Salomon Jadassohn and Felix Draeseke were major figures in German musical life in the second half of the 19th century. Both began their studies at the Leipzig Conservatory but after independently encountering Liszt and his work at Weimar in the 1850s both became disciples of that composer. Jadassohn subsequently returned to Leipzig where he composed and had a long and distinguished teaching career, his pupils including Delius, Grieg and Busoni. Draeseke moved to Dresden and taught at the Conservatory there. Both composers' concertos are expertly crafted and feature wonderfully idiomatic piano writing, as one would expect of Liszt pupils. While not ground-breaking these are thoroughly enjoyable examples of the genre and one must question why the Jadassohn works in particular, which have truly memorable themes, have been so completely forgotten.

'[Jadassohn] The busy piano-writing in these two world premieres is brilliant and passionate, the scoring is textbook 1887 and the musical structure inventive ... Hyperion's A-team for concertos (Andrew Keener and Simon Eadon) is on top form, while the Berlin orchestra and Michael Sanderling provide crisp support for the sparkling and industrious Markus Becker who leaves the impression not only of having an affection for the three works but also that he has been playing them all his life' (Gramophone)

'Altogether an enjoyable disc for those who would explore the unfrequented byways of Romanticism' (BBC Music Magazine)

'These pieces, which burst with ... memorable tunes and lashings of showy arpeggios, are played with admirable swagger by Markus Becker and are a welcome addition to Hyperion's exhaustive study of the Romantic Piano Concerto' (The Observer)

'Markus Becker delivers heroic accounts of all three concertos, and Michael Sanderling's Berlin musicians bring buoyant orchestral textures to the mix' (International Piano Magazine)

'The performances are all that one could expect, the music shown in the best possible light. Markus Becker is both virtuoso and musician' (ClassicalSource.com)

'Sonics are first rate, as usual with Hyperion. Let's hear it for obscure piano concertos!' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'There is much to enjoy here: the nobility of the second movement of the Jadassohn First, the bucolic energy of the finale of his Second, the rollocking finale of the Draeseke ... Becker's confident playing and tonal richness make as persuasive a case for the music as could reasonably be expected' (International Record Review)

'It's clear Becker really feels this music... and I have a feeling you'll want to go back and play it again!' (American Record Guide, USA)

'Markus Becker's confident, technically adroit performances certainly make the best possible case for all three works, and he receives excellent support from Michael Sanderling and the Berlin Radio orchestra. Typically fine sound guarantees collectors of this series complete satisfaction, while novice listeners interested in good Romantic music should consider this strongly as well. Recommended without reservations' (ClassicsToday.com, USA)



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>Jadassohn, Salomon : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 89
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/28/2008-01/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Jadassohn, Salomon : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 90
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/28/2008-01/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Draeseke, Felix : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 36
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/28/2008-01/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1885-1886