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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 37 - Nápravník, Blumenfeld

Album Summary

>Nápravnik, Eduard : Concerto symphonique for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 27
>Blumenfeld, Felix : Allegro de concert for piano & orchestra in A major, Op. 7
>Nápravnik, Eduard : Fantaisie russe for piano & orchestra in B minor, Op. 39
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This Hyperion release introduces three first ever recordings; Eduard Napravnik's 'Concerto symphonique' (1877) and 'Fantasie russe' (1881), plus Felix Blumenfeld's 'Allegro de concert' (1889)... Hyperion's recorded sound is excellent, soloist Evgeny Soifertis contributes impeccably manicured playing, and the orchestra performs with immaculate accuracy under Russian maestro Alexander Titov. So if you are interested in exploring the concerto literature at its most obscure, here's your opportunity... It has some imaginative orchestration, an excellent solo part, and perhaps the best chance of reentering the concert repertoire." - Jeffrey J. Lipscomb, Fanfare

'The Concerto Symphonique is a perky, extrovert piano concerto, full of nifty passage-work, if light on musical substance, and The Fantaisie Russe, full of Lisztian flourishes and apparently much admired by Tchaikovsky, is based on three Russian folk tunes ... all of it happily negotiated by Evgeny Soifertis, who sounds a very accomplished pianist indeed' (The Guardian)

'it's hard to dismiss music that tries so hard to be likeable. Certainly, if you've been collecting the rest of Hyperion's 'Romantic Piano Concerto' series, you'll enjoy this latest addition as well. There are strong notes and typically fine Hyperion engineering' (International Record Review)

'Both composers are fortunate in having as their champion here such a charming and polished virtuoso as Evgeny Soifertis, whose gift for combining an almost childlike simplicity with scintillating bravura is perfectly suited to the music at hand, and who receives splendid support from Titov and the BBCSSO' (Piano)

'Napravnik's Concerto symphonique throws just about everything into the melting pot, from Verdi's Requiem to Tchaikovsky. The Fantaisieopens arrestingly with a massive rendition of The Volga Boatmen, and if Blumenfeld's Allegro proves slightly less individual, in performances as fiery and impassioned as these, it makes an indelible impact' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Star of the show is pianist Evgeny Soifertis ... His bravura style is all there, but some pianissimo playing and tender melodic phrasing, not least in the slow movements, might have lifted the works out of obscurity' (Pianist Magazine)

'None of these pieces was perhaps destined to change the course of Russian music, but they all attest to creative exuberance and skill, slightly anonymous in style maybe, though with a resourcefulness and sparkle to the piano-writing that Evgeny Soifertis communicates with élan' (Daily Telegraph)

'Evgeny Soifertis throws it all off in great style and musical intelligence' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Evgeny Soifertis' effervescent, colourful virtuosity never fails to delight' (Classics Today USA)

'Hyperion's recorded sound is excellent, soloist Evgeny Soifertis contributes impeccably manicured playing, and the orchestra performs with immaculate accuracy under Russian maestro Alexander Titov. So if you are interested in exploring the Romantic concerto literature at its most obscure, here's your opportunity' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Eduard Nápravnik (1839 - 1916) : Concerto symphonique for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 27
  • Performer: Evgeny Soifertis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Titov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (09/15/2004-09/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Blumenfeld, Felix : Allegro de concert for piano & orchestra in A major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Evgeny Soifertis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Titov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (09/15/2004-09/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1889

>Eduard Nápravnik (1839 - 1916) : Fantaisie russe for piano & orchestra in B minor, Op. 39
  • Performer: Evgeny Soifertis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Titov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (09/15/2004-09/16/2004)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881