75 Years Ysaye & Queen Elisabeth Piano Competitions - Prizewinners from 1952 - 2010: Ashkenazy, Volondat, Afanzssiev, Manz, Nikolsky, Fleisher, Kozhukhin, Frager, Ousset etc.

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following the success of the box set devoted to the violin, which was released in 2011, MUSO has delved in the treasure trove of the Queen Elisabeth Competition's archives once again and put together a deluxe box set of 5 CDs, containing 12 of the most celebrated piano concertos in the repertoire as performed by outstanding laureates, including 9 First winners.

Almost 60 years separate the performances of Leon Fleisher (1952) in Brahms's First Concerto and Denis Kozhukhin (2010) in his Second; for the first time on CD, we can now enjoy that incredible evening in 1983 when a young Frenchman, Pierre-Alain Volondat, just 20 years of age, triumphed in Liszt's Second Concerto, making his mark on the history of the Competition.

Prominent in this selection, too, are those laureates who won a succession of the Competition's First Prizes against the background of the Cold War: the Russians Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Afanassiev, and Andrei Nikolsky and the Americans Malcolm Frager and Jeffrey Swann. This set also rediscovers personalities who made a sensational impact on both audiences and juries: Cécile Ousset in 1956 and the emerging talents of Frank Braley in 1991, the German pianist Wolfgang Manz in 1983, and, more recently, Anna Vinnitskaya.

Presented in a luxury book-disc that has been produced in the best possible technical conditions on the basis of archives spanning more than half a century, this box set plunges you into the electric atmosphere of the Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts (Centre for Fine Arts) on those unforgettable final evenings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Brussels Centre for Fine Arts.



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Valery Afanassiev (Piano)
  • Conductor: René Defossez
  • Ensemble: National Orchestra of Belgium
  • Running Time: 36 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Franz André
  • Ensemble: Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
  • Performer: Pierre-Alain Volondat (Piano)
  • Conductor: Georgea Octors
  • Ensemble: National Orchestra of Belgium
  • Running Time: 20 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1839

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Performer: Wolfgang Manz (Piano)
  • Conductor: Georgea Octors
  • Ensemble: Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
  • Performer: Andrei Nikolsky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Georgea Octors
  • Ensemble: Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 42 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Frank Braley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ronald Zollman
  • Running Time: 33 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
  • Conductor: Franz André
  • Running Time: 45 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1854-1859

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Denis Kozhukhin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Running Time: 50 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1881

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Anna Vinnitskaya (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gilbert Varga
  • Notes: Composition written: 1912-13.
  • Running Time: 31 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
  • Performer: Malcolm Frager (Piano)
  • Conductor: Franz André
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Jeffrey Swann (Piano)
  • Conductor: René Defossez
  • Running Time: 39 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Franz André
  • Running Time: 27 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830