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Julius Röntgen: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 / Matthias Kirschnereit, piano

> Piano Concerto No. 2 in D major, Op. 18 - I. Allegro
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in D major, Op. 18 - II. Larghetto espressivo
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in D major, Op. 18 - III. Finale: Allegro con brio
> Piano Concerto No. 4 in F major - I. Allegro
> Piano Concerto No. 4 in F major - II. Larghetto espressivo
> Piano Concerto No. 4 in F major - III. Finale: Allegro con brio

Album Summary

>Röntgen, Julius : Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 18
>Röntgen, Julius : Concerto for Piano no 4 in F major
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Julius Roentgen not only was an outstanding pianist but also wrote impressive piano concertos of his own. He composed his second piano concerto during the summer of 1879, during one of the happiest times of his life. Its premiere in Leipzig on October 27, 1881 was a success; Roentgen was the soloist, and his father Engelbert, the Gewandhaus Orchestra's assistant concertmaster, was the conductor. This work is clearly obliged to German romanticism, and in it Leipzig classicism creates surprises by combining the lighter form of a Mendelssohn and the heavier form of a Schumann or Brahms. In contrast, reminiscences of Brahms or Beethoven, whom Roentgen greatly admired, are hardly heard at all in his fourth piano concerto.

"Kirschnereit deserves all the acclaim coming to him these days...The first two phrases of the Second Concerto are enough to announce a player of uncommon discernment, and thereafter he treats every tarnished roulade as a sparkling jewel. The slow movements are not merely euphonious but have almost tangible intimacy. His accompaniments also sound thoroughly attuned to the idiom." -Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (05/05/2008-05/09/2008).



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Works Details

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Porcelijn
  • Ensemble: NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (05/05/2008-05/09/2008)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1879

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : Concerto for Piano no 4 in F major
  • Performer: Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Porcelijn
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (05/05/2008-05/09/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1906