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The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 59: Zelenski: Concerto Op. 60; Zarzycki: Concerto Op. 17; Grande Polonaise / Jonathan Plowright, piano

Audio Samples

>Zelenski, Wladyslaw : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 60
>Zarzycki, Aleksander : Piano Concerto, Op. 17
>Zarzycki, Aleksander : Grand Polonaise, for piano & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 7

Album Summary

>Zelenski, Wladyslaw : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 60
>Zarzycki, Aleksander : Piano Concerto, Op. 17
>Zarzycki, Aleksander : Grand Polonaise, for piano & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 7
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This 59th volume of the Romantic Piano Concerto series features Jonathan Plowright, whose brilliant and utterly idiomatic performances of Romantic Polish piano music have confirmed him as a master of this repertoire. Here he collaborates with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Lukasz Borowicz to perform three very obscure but fascinating works. The music of Zelenski has already been championed by Plowright in a disc of Polish chamber music; now he performs his Piano Concerto in E flat major, which was written in 1903 and dedicated to the young Ignacy Friedman, who gave the premiere the following year. A Piano Concerto in A flat major by Aleksander Zarzycki is also included, plus his barnstorming Grande Polonaise, an outrageous masterpiece that is unknown even in specialist piano circles.

The Observer, 7th April 2013
Zelenski's lyrically emotional concerto shows the influence of Tchaikovsky, Franck and Grieg and offers Plowright plenty of opportunities to display his formidable talent...Zarzycki raises traditional dance forms to virtuosic level in his engaging concerto.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Hyperion has placed all lovers of romantic piano concertos. Aleksander Zarzycki, born in 1834 in what is now Ukraine, was a student of Paderewski and made a name for himself as a concert pianist in Paris as well as Warsaw. In 1871 he helped found the Warsaw Music Society and became its first director. He dedicated his A-flat Concerto to Nikolai Rubinstein, and it has achieved something. Zarzyzki also employed the krakowiak rhythm prominently in his Grande Polonaise, swaggering keyboard passagework alternating with episodes of thoughtful reflection. Zarzycki's successor as director of the Warsaw Music Institute was Wladyslaw Zelenski, born in the Polish town of Grodkowice in 1837. He was considered a representative of neoromanticism in Polish music, and you may know him from his overture In the Tatras. He also wrote a Spring Symphony, another overture, Forest Echoes, and four operas.. Most unexpected and charming is the central theme and variations that he transforms into a folk-like rondo in the style of a krakowiak before switching gears once again and closing out with a dashing tarantella.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/28/2012/06/29/2012).



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Works Details

>Zelenski, Wladyslaw : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 60
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/28/2012/06/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1903

>Zarzycki, Aleksander : Piano Concerto, Op. 17
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/28/2012/06/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Zarzycki, Aleksander : Grand Polonaise, for piano & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/28/2012/06/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859-1860