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The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 64: Henrique Oswald: Piano Concerto Op. 10; Alfredo Napoleao: Piano Concerto Op. 31 / Artur Pizarro, piano

Album Summary

>Oswald, Henrique : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 10
>Napoleao, Alfredo : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E flat minor, Op. 31
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Portuguese virtuoso Artur Pizarro makes a welcome return to the Romantic Piano Concerto series with works by two brilliant pianist-composers. The Brazilian Henrique Oswald and the Portuguese Alfredo Napoleão were born in the same year, less than three months apart. Both were child prodigies who became concert pianists, pedagogues and composers. Oswald's Piano Concerto dates from about 1886. Although influences of Fauré can be detected, its overall character owes more to the late Romantic German style. Napoleão's Piano Concerto No.2 is undated but was probably composed around the same time as Oswald's. Pizarro is only the third pianist to champion this spectacular work.

The Observer, 26th October 2014
Napoleão's concerto No 2 in E flat minor grips with a first movement worthy of Chopin, and delights with a sparkling central scherzo but the wandering, occasionally twee third movement is disappointing, despite the dedicated playing of Artur Pizarro.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Pizarro performs the Napoleao with panache and sweep. In I he and Brabbins shape phrases expressively and give the music good propulsion; they really see eye to eye. The balance between them is excellent, and the orchestra sounds richer than the BBC Scottish Orchestra, which is often used in Hyperion's "Romantic Piano Concerto" series (this is Volume 67). In II they give the music a lovely fresh flow, neither rigid nor soupy, light in the scherzo, warm in the barcarole, with some virtuoso work for the soloist. In II they give the music a lovely fresh flow, neither rigid nor soupy, light in the scherzo, warm in the barcarole, with some virtuoso work for the soloist. Despite the triviality of III, Pizarro gives the music fully enunciated, sparkling dazzle. The orchestra is a giving full rich support to all of Pizarro's left-hand arpeggios.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (10/21/2013-10/23/2013).



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>Oswald, Henrique : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 10
  • Performer: Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (10/21/2013-10/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Napoleao, Alfredo : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E flat minor, Op. 31
  • Performer: Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (10/21/2013-10/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto