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Widor: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Martin Roscoe

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>Widor, Charles-Marie : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 39
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fantaisie for piano & orchestra in A flat major, Op. 62
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 77

Album Summary

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 39
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fantaisie for piano & orchestra in A flat major, Op. 62
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 77
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Notes & Reviews:

After the success of Dutton Epoch's recording of Benjamin Godard's piano concertos, Dutton Epoch's International Series now revives the delightful piano concertos of Charles-Marie Widor, stylishly played by Martin Roscoe. Written during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Widor's piano concertos were performed by several of the finest French pianists of the day, yet for some unaccountable reason have dropped from the repertoire. This is not heavy romantic material but delightfully and colorfully scored music. The First Concerto from 1876 is lyrical, exhibiting an almost Chopinesque pianism. Equally as enchanting is the Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre, which pianist Martin Roscoe treats with his customary singing touch. But this is a varied program, and in the Second Piano Concerto of 1905 we find Widor essaying music that more closely integrates soloist and orchestra. All in all this is a memorable and many-sided musical journey.

"The performances are far from unsympathetic, the recordings clear, warm-toned and well-balanced...Best by far is the ardent slow movement of the Second Concerto - less samey, more memorable than anything else here." -BBC Music Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (05/17/2010-05/19/2010).



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>Widor, Charles-Marie : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 39
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (05/17/2011-05/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1876

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fantaisie for piano & orchestra in A flat major, Op. 62
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Notes: St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (05/17/2011-05/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 77
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Notes: St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (05/17/2011-05/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1905