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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 26 - Litolff /Donohoe, et al

Album Summary

>Litolff, Henry Charles : Concerto Symphonique for piano & orchestra no 3 in E flat major, Op. 45
>Litolff, Henry Charles : Concerto Symphonique no 5 in C minor, Op. 123
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording is the companion to Donohoe and Litton's earlier recording of Litolff's Concertos Symphonique 2 & 4 (HYP 66889) and complete Hyperion's survey of the composer's works for piano and orchestra. The Third Concerto was (along with the Fourth) the most popular in Litolff's lifetime. The Fifth Concerto is the most obscure of the four extant works yet it is the most ambitious in scale with a particularly imposing orchestral exposition.

'I found the first Litolff disc delightful, and this new release is just as captivating. Very warmly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Few pianists of any nationality could approach, let alone top, Peter Donohoe's blistering virtuosity in these works. This is an invaluable issue for lovers of intriguing repertoire and piano-playing of pulverising mastery' (Gramophone)

'Peter Donohoe... is the ideal man for such music, while the BBCSSO under Andrew Litton offers razor-sharp support. A wonderfully clear recording' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Donohoe's pianism is ideally suited to this music, calling as it does for a brilliant, incisive tone, a dazzling leggiero touch and rhythmic punch... dash out and buy the disc forthwith' (International Record Review)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Litolff's dauntingly ambitious structures accommodate every possible style, looking forwards and backwards Janus-style, yet reaching out in the strange almost Alkanesque oddity of the Fifth Concerto's last two movements towards a more personal and distinctive style. Admired by Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Berlioz (though with some telling reservations), Litolff enjoyed a hectic career which is mirrored in writing of a formidable intricacy. So even if claims that he was 'the English Liszt' and that his development sections are similar to late Beethoven seem far-fetched, the sheer energy and resource of Litolff's writing are absorbing. Few pianists could approach, let alone top, Peter Donohoe's blistering virtuosity in these works. His performances throughout are as rocksteady as they're dazzling, sweeping aside torrents of notes with both affection and authority. Hear him in the exultant whirl which opens the Third Concerto's finale, and you can only marvel at such unfaltering command, ideally complemented by Andrew Litton and the BBC Scottish orchestra.



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Works Details

>Litolff, Henry Charles : Concerto Symphonique for piano & orchestra no 3 in E flat major, Op. 45
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (10/27/2000-10/28/2000)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Litolff, Henry Charles : Concerto Symphonique no 5 in C minor, Op. 123
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (10/27/2000-10/28/2000)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto