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Carl Czerny: Bel Canto Concertante - Virtuoso Variations for Piano & Orchestra / Rosemary Tuck, piano; English CO; Bonynge

Album Summary

>Czerny, Carl : Introduction, Variations and Presto Finale on a theme from Bellini's "Norma," for piano & orchestra,
>Czerny, Carl : Grandes Variations di Bravura on 2 motifs from D.F.E. Auber's "Fra Diavolo," for piano & orchestra,
>Czerny, Carl : Introduction, Variations et Polonaise on "Tu Vedrai la Sventurata" from Bellini's "Il Pirata," for p
>Czerny, Carl : Introduction et Variations Brillantes on the Marche from Pacini's "Gli Arabi nelle Gallie," for pian
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Notes & Reviews:

Carl Czerny is remembered as a pupil and friend of Beethoven and the composer of numerous piano studies, but in his lifetime he was renowned for a prodigious output of brilliant concert works, most of which remain entirely unknown to present-day audiences and performers. Inspired by the most famous and attractive themes from Bel Canto operas which were hugely popular in their time and are still performed today, these sets of variations give full rein to the soloist and are a major contribution to the great pianist-composer tradition.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Ms Tuck handles everything Czerny throws at her with aplomb. The orchestra plays fine and is balanced naturally with the soloist - about what you'd hear in concert. These are first recordings, and fanciers of similar works by Ries and Chopin will enjoy Czerny's forays into these well-charted waters.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Silas Church, Kentish Town, London NW5, England (12/17/2013-12/19/2013).



Reviews

Solid entertainment
Not all classical music scales the heights of artistic expression. Sometimes it's just meant to be entertaining -- like these virtuoso variations by Carl Czerny. These four works, written between 1828-1832, dazzle the ear with clever reworkings of some of the hottest tunes of the day.

The source material is musically appealing in its own right -- themes from Bellini's operas Norma and Il Pirata; motives from Auber's Fra Diavolo. The music from Pacini's opera Glie Arabi nelle Gallie may not be as familiar to modern audiences as Bellini's and Auber's but it's equally tuneful.

Czerny's goal isn't to plumb the depths of this material. Rather, the themes provide something familiar that the listener can hold onto as Czerny builds his variations around them: variations designed to show of the skill of the pianist to greatest effect.

Rosemary Tuck makes it all sound easy, running up and down the keyboard in a cascade of notes. At the same time, she makes sure the phrasing retains the lyrical nature of the themes.

These virtuoso variations have no pretensions -- they were written just to entertain, and that's exactly what they do. And sometimes, that's all I want out from a recording.
Submitted on 08/24/15 by RGraves321 
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>Czerny, Carl : Introduction, Variations and Presto Finale on a theme from Bellini's "Norma," for piano & orchestra,
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: St Silas Church, Kentish Town, London NW5, England (12/17/2013-12/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1833

>Czerny, Carl : Grandes Variations di Bravura on 2 motifs from D.F.E. Auber's "Fra Diavolo," for piano & orchestra,
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Notes: St Silas Church, Kentish Town, London NW5, England (12/17/2013-12/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830

>Czerny, Carl : Introduction, Variations et Polonaise on "Tu Vedrai la Sventurata" from Bellini's "Il Pirata," for p
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Notes: St Silas Church, Kentish Town, London NW5, England (12/17/2013-12/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Czerny, Carl : Introduction et Variations Brillantes on the Marche from Pacini's "Gli Arabi nelle Gallie," for pian
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Notes: St Silas Church, Kentish Town, London NW5, England (12/17/2013-12/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831