Scharwenka: Piano Concerto No 4, Polish National Dances / Poizat, Borowicz

Album Summary

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 4 in F minor, Op. 82
>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Mataswintha, overture for orchestra
>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Sonata for Cello in E minor, Op. 46
>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Polish National Dance for piano no 1 in E flat minor, Op. 3/1
>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Polish National Dance for piano no 8 in B flat minor, Op. 3/8
>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Polish National Dance for piano no 15 in B flat major, Op. 3/15
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Polish pianist and composer Franz Xaver Scharwenka was raised in the spirit of European Romanticism, championing the music of Mendelssohn and Liszt. Scharwenka's fourth and final Piano Concerto is a work of genius which stands at the apex of his achievement. The shorter pieces on this album have recently enjoyed renewed popularity, proving the value of Scharwenka's legacy for modern listeners.

"As a Scharwenka sampler the disc has a great deal going for it, particularly in the playing of the twenty-year-old Swiss pianist, Francois-Xavier Poizat, his dexterity dealing easily with a concerto once described as having too many pitfalls. The Poznan orchestra offer well rehearsed performances under Lukasz Borowicz, a conductor better known as the Music Director of Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra." -David's Review Corner

Fanfare
Naxos's sound is richer and more resonant than Hyperion's. Hough is, of course, a seasoned and polished virtuoso, but Poizat, at age 21, plays with a weightier, more colorful sonority, and also supplies the required dazzling fingerwork. The Poznan orchestra under Borowicz plays with real energy, and Naxos has captured the flattering acoustic of the auditorium of the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan), where the sessions took place.

Ballet Review
The three Polish Dances here are attractive and rhythmically alert, with elements of both Chopin and Liszt. The Fourth Concerto is a big melodic work, if even more an unabashed virtuoso display than Rachmaninov's Third Concerto, a near contemporary. It's great fun, with a dancy second movement, a quiet Lento, and a rousing finale.

American Record Guide
Energy, harmonic interest, strong rhythm, many beautiful melodies, and much Polish national character - all that and much more is to be found in the music of Franz Xaver Scharwenka", writes HV Hamilton in the pages of Grove's (Fifth Edition).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mickiewicz University Auditorium, Poznan, Poland (09/14/2009-09/19/2009).



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Works Details

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 4 in F minor, Op. 82
  • Performer: Francois Poizat (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Ensemble: Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Mickiewicz University Auditorium, Poznan, Poland (09/14/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 42 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Mataswintha, overture for orchestra
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Ensemble: Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Mickiewicz University Auditorium, Poznan, Poland (09/14/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Sonata for Cello in E minor, Op. 46 :: 2. Andante religioso
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Ensemble: Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Mickiewicz University Auditorium, Poznan, Poland (09/14/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Polish National Dance for piano no 1 in E flat minor, Op. 3/1
  • Performer: Francois Poizat (Piano)
  • Notes: Mickiewicz University Auditorium, Poznan, Poland (09/14/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Polish National Dance for piano no 8 in B flat minor, Op. 3/8
  • Performer: Francois Poizat (Piano)
  • Notes: Mickiewicz University Auditorium, Poznan, Poland (09/14/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Polish National Dance for piano no 15 in B flat major, Op. 3/15
  • Performer: Francois Poizat (Piano)
  • Notes: Mickiewicz University Auditorium, Poznan, Poland (09/14/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic