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Carol's Concerto Collection / Rosenberger, Schwarz, et al

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 2
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in G major, H 18 no 4
>Strauss, Richard : Burleske for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in D minor, o.Op. 85 (TrV 145, AV 85)
>Hanson, Howard : Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth, Op. 40
>Hanson, Howard : Concerto for piano & orchestra in G, Op 36
>Falla, Manuel de : Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain), for piano & orchestra, G. 49
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Notes & Reviews:

The internationally celebrated pianist Carol Rosenberger's A Concerto Collection is a diverse and dazzling collection that showcases six outstanding examples of her award-winning discography and collaborations with the conductor Gerard Schwarz. The collection features the second and fifth Haydn concertos, both of which are rarely played on piano, R. Strauss's Burleske, the seldom recorded contemporary composer Howard Hanson's Concerto i nG Major and antasy Variations on a Theme of Youth, and closes wtih Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Rosenberger's hallmark blend of polished virtuosity and poetically engaging interpretations nestle beautifully into Maestro Schwarz's compelling readigns as he leads four distinguished ensembles: the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony and the London Symphony.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
These are all re-releases. The album calls the Haydn concertos 2 in D, and 5 in G. Both performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra are stylistically from 50 years ago. In May/June 1988 Lawrence Hansen called this performance of 11 "the best recording of that work now available. Strauss's Burleske and Hanson's Concerto are with the Seattle Symphony. Rosenberger and Schwarz do better in Hanson's Piano Concerto. Karl Miller said that "Rosenberger has fun with the piece and plays it for all it is worth. Schwarz shares her enthusiasm, and this is a brilliant, exciting performance" (Jan/Feb 1993). John Landis wrote about Hansons's 12- minute Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth with the strings of the New York Chamber Symphony, "There is little to choose from between Hanson's and Schwarz's performances. Both are excellent. Schwarz's is a most impressive disc musically and sonically." ( Jan/Feb 1991). That leaves Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the London Symphony, and it is the best here. The orchestra sounds richer than on its recordings on other labels (the engineer was Delos's John Eargle).



Reviews

A Remix Worth Having
“A Concerto Collection” Carol Rosenberger/Gerard Schwartz DELOS

This double CD by pianist Carol Rosenberger and conductor Gerard Schwartz is a collection of pieces for piano and orchestra selected from some of their previous recordings. Consisting of keyboard concertos nos. 2 and 5 by Haydn, the only know works for piano and orchestra by both Strauss and de Falla, and two rarely heard pieces by the American composer Howard Hanson, this set highlights Mr. Schwartz’s versatility as a conductor and Ms. Rosenberger’s sensitive feel and subtly formidable technique.

Despite its having been recorded in four different cities, with four different orchestras (using Concert Grand pianos from three separate manufacturers), there is a remarkable consistency to the over all sound of this project, evidence of the deep mutual understanding between these two great artists.

“A Concerto Collection” can be enthusiastically recommended to all classical music fans and is likely to encourage them to seek out the other recordings created by the unique musical partnership of Carol Rosenberger and Gerard Schwartz.

10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano


Submitted on 12/26/15 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 2
  • Performer: Carol Rosenberger (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1767

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in G major, H 18 no 4
  • Performer: Carol Rosenberger (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1768

>Strauss, Richard : Burleske for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in D minor, o.Op. 85 (TrV 145, AV 85)
  • Performer: Carol Rosenberger (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1886

>Hanson, Howard : Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth, Op. 40
  • Performer: Carol Rosenberger (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: New York Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Hanson, Howard : Concerto for piano & orchestra in G, Op 36
  • Performer: Carol Rosenberger (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1948

>Falla, Manuel de : Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain), for piano & orchestra, G. 49
  • Performer: Carol Rosenberger (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909-1916