The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 38 - Rubinstein, Scharwenka

Album Summary

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 1 in B flat minor, Op.32
>Rubinstein, Anton : Concerto for Piano no 4 in D minor, Op. 70
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

These two works are undoubtedly the greatest of the forgotten concertos Both were written by hugely successful virtuoso pianists who were also composers, and both had a major place in the nineteenth-century repertoire, only falling from favor in the 1920s as modernism found its place in the concert hall. Hamelins legendary technique thrills at every turn, and in the Rubinstein his scorching virtuosity and emotional intensity mesmerizes from beginning to end. Classic FM Magazine

'Described by one respected critic as the greatest living pianist, Marc-André Hamelin soars to ever new heights of virtuosity ... Hamelin is superbly partnered and recorded, and lovers of lush, romantic melody embellished with hundreds and thousands of winking sequins need look no further' (Gramophone Magazine)

'Marc-André Hamelin gives a dazzling account' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Hamelin's legendary technique thrills at every turn, and in the Rubinstein his scorching virtuosity and emotional intensity mesmerises from beginning to end. Anyone who loves Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov should investigate this stunning disc without delay!' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Rubinstein's Fourth Concerto can hold its own against Tchaikovsky's infinitely better known First and, on the strength of this recording, deserves to regain a place in the classical repertoire. There is musical swagger, pathos, poetry and heroism in both of the works couple on this album' (Music Week)

'Hamelin, who makes out the best possible case for the music, is now the version to have. In any case, his many admirers will flock, and rightly, to acquire this excellently recorded disc of two fairly unfamiliar concertos which, whatever their virtues and failings, provide ideal vehicles for Hamelin's abundant talents' (International Record Review)

'We have been in need of a modern recording by a pianist of the stature of Hamelin who can deliver Rubinstein's passion, impetuosity, quick changes of mood, and technical demands with ease. He gives a performance of the last movement that is so rousing that it has never sounded so convincing on disc ... an excellent disc that is highly recommended' (International Piano)

'This will appeal to experts as well as those who only know, say, the Rachmaninov or Tchaikovsky concertos. Another fabulous disc (and as usual excellent sleeve-notes). Rolls-Royce stuff' (HMV Choice)

'Virtuoso repertoire, virtuoso playing - there's breathtaking snap and clarity to the rhythms, imposing weight to the climaxes ... surely one of the peaks of Hyperion's 'Romantic Piano Concerto' series. All in all, urgently recommended' (Fanfare, USA)



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Works Details

>Scharwenka, Franz Xaver : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 1 in B flat minor, Op.32
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (02/18/2005/02/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Rubinstein, Anton : Concerto for Piano no 4 in D minor, Op. 70
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (02/18/2005/02/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1864