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Schumann, Kuhlau: Piano Concertos; Saint-Saëns / Blumental

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Wedding Cake for Piano and String Orchestra in A flat major, Op. 76
>Kuhlau, Friedrich : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 7
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

While compiling this CD series of piano concertos recorded by Felicja Blumental, we discovered some charming shorter pieces, which we wanted to make available. One such piece is Saint-Saens' Wedding Cake (Op. 76). This lively, dance-like caprice valse was composed in 1886 as a wedding present for pianist, Caroline de Serres. In the same year, he completed Symphony No. 3 "The Organ," which was dedicated to memory of his friend and composer Franz Liszt. Sadly, Kuhlau only wrote two concertos, Concertino for 2 French horns (Op. 45) and Piano Concerto, Op. 7 performed here. The Danish composer, who unfortunately lost his eye in an accident at the age of 7, dedicated this work to his friend, the composer C.E.F. Weyse. Both composers represented the late classical and early romantic periods in their native country and Kuhlau also gained a wide reputation as a pianist in Scandinavia. Kuhlau's Piano Concerto is one of his more significant works and its structure is similar to Beethoven's early concertos, whom he met during his many travels.



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Felicja Blumental (Piano)
  • Conductor: Hans Swarowsky
  • Ensemble: Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra
  • Running Time: 30 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Wedding Cake for Piano and String Orchestra in A flat major, Op. 76
  • Performer: Felicja Blumental (Piano)
  • Conductor: Luigi Tofolo
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Kuhlau, Friedrich : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Felicja Blumental (Piano)
  • Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
  • Ensemble: Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1810