Piers Lane, Alun Francis - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 9: Eugen d'Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)

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Piers Lane, Alun Francis - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 9: Eugen d'Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)

Piers Lane, Alun Francis, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 9: Eugen d'Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 65:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66747 | Recorded: 1994

When d’Albert appeared in 1881 at one of Hans Richter’s concerts in London he played his own Piano Concerto in A, but the work was never published and has not survived. However, from a review in The Musical Times of November 1881 we can reasonably deduce that the Concerto had the traditional three movements. The reviewer stated that it was ‘uncompromising in its pretensions to rank with the chief of its kind; largely developed, ambitious in style and character, and rigidly observant of classical form, while redundant in matter’.

Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)

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Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)

Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 62:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550758 | Recorded: 1994

Kaler's playing of these Romantic sweetly-tuned works is excellent.

Ragazze Quartet - Bartók Bound, Vol.1: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2019)

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Ragazze Quartet - Bartók Bound, Vol.1: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2019)

Ragazze Quartet - Bartók Bound, Vol.1: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 342 Mb | Total time: 80:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS 41419 | Recorded: 2018

The music of Béla Bartók has everything: the mysterious tension of a thriller, loving lyricism, warm string sounds, almost impossible techniques challenging any string player to rediscover his instrument, and exhilarating rhythms which could well be rooted in folk dance. With the first volume in a complete string quartet cycle, The Ragazze Quartet has declared itself Bartók Bound.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (2007)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (2007)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 661 Mb | Total time: 133:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30440 | Recorded: 2001

Handel’s Italian oratorio seems to offer a great deal of fascination to continental-based ensembles presumably because the Italian texts make the works easier to perform well with non-Anglophone singers. But there are significant differences, between this work and the later oratorios. The later works use choruses and have quite strong narrative and moral elements. The English Oratorios were written for mainly English-trained singers whose style was expressive rather than virtuoso; in them the older Handel aimed for a new style.

Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Lazarev - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8: Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Quintet (1994)

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Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Lazarev - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8: Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Quintet (1994)

Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Lazarev, BBC Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8: Nikolai Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Quintet (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 288 Mb | Total time: 58:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66744 | Recorded: 1994

When one considers the life of Nikolai Karlovich Medtner it is impossible not to be amazed by his strange, tragic and yet marvellous destiny. He was recognized in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century as one of the most important composers and was, with Scriabin and Rachmaninov, an extremely influential, almost ‘cult’ figure for a whole generation of the Russian intellectual élite. He was also a great pianist and an outstanding musical thinker. His personality was completely divorced from everyday life, but the depth and power of his intellect, entirely absorbed in music, philosophy and the history of culture, were deeply respected by such contemporaries as Nikisch, Rachmaninov, Furtwängler, Koussevitsky, Glazunov and Prokofiev.

Peter Jablonski - Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Works (2022)

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Peter Jablonski - Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Works (2022)

Peter Jablonski - Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Works (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 211 Mb | Total time: 71:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1399-2 | Recorded: 2021

This album is pianist Peter Jablonski’s third solo album for the Ondine label. In this album Jablonski represents Grazyna Bacewicz’s (1909–1969) dazzling piano etudes and piano sonatas which are hardly known outside of her native Poland. Jablonski’s piano albums have received an enthusiastic response and his previous album release received Editor’s Choice from the Gramophone magazine.

Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)

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Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)

Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 204 Mb | Total time: 55:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC809 | Recorded: 2007

Part of a series of discs devoted to forgotten composers associated with the Bavarian capital of Munich, this release exemplifies the city's still-palpable conservatism. Franz Lachner, who grew up so poor that he and his five siblings had to study music by drumming their fingers on an imaginary keyboard, made his living as composers had for centuries before, but as few did in his own time: as an employee of court and church. The Germans have a word for the style exemplified here, which is not well known outside of a few atypical examples by : they call it the "Palestrina Renaissance." Heard here are a Mass in F major, Op. 130; a Stabat Mater, Op. 154; and a setting of Psalm 15.

John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2005)

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John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2005)

John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 955 Mb | Total time: 68.08+57.33+31.03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORCV304 | Recorded: 1981

This marks the final offering from Opera Rara's laudable restoration of BBC broadcasts from the 1970s and '80s of Verdi's first thoughts on specific operas, and it is quite up to the standard of the series. It differs only in being given without an audience, and was broadcast two years after the recording.

Marc-André Hamelin, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 7: Henselt & Alkan: Piano Concertos (1993)

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Marc-André Hamelin, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 7: Henselt & Alkan: Piano Concertos (1993)

Marc-André Hamelin, Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 7: Adolph von Henselt & Charles-Valentin Alkan: Piano Concertos (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 254 Mb | Total time: 69:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66717 | Recorded: 1993

The coupling of works by Alkan and Henselt is not as arbitrary as might appear. Born six months apart, both enjoyed long lives and died within eighteen months of each other; both have been entirely overshadowed by their more illustrious contemporaries Liszt and Chopin (to the extent that they have been assigned to the footnotes of musical history), though both had an individual approach to the piano with a style as clearly defined and as idiosyncratic as their two peers; both were recluses, rarely playing their works in public; both were transcendent technicians, exploring the potential of their instrument in ways which were to influence other pianists and composers of piano music; both were eccentrics in their personal habits and lifestyles; both have been almost universally ignored by the majority of concert pianists; and neither of their names is known to the general music-loving public.

Le Consort - Specchio Veneziano: Giovanni Battista Reali, Antonio Vivaldi (2021)

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Le Consort - Specchio Veneziano: Giovanni Battista Reali, Antonio Vivaldi (2021)

Le Consort - Specchio Veneziano: Giovanni Battista Reali, Antonio Vivaldi (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 68:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 771 | Recorded: 2021

Specchio veneziano or the Venetian mirror – this programme compares and contrasts two composers from the city of the Doges: on the one hand the celebrated Vivaldi, on the other a virtual unknown, Giovanni Battista Reali, who was born there in 1681, three years after Vivaldi, and died in 1751, ten years after his illustrious colleague. A violinist himself, he composed trio sonatas, including a very spectacular Folia, which Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Sophie de Bardonnèche, Hanna Salzenstein and Justin Taylor juxtapose with Vivaldi’s Folia, alongside other highly virtuosic pieces, many of them complete rediscoveries, since half of this program has never been recorded before.

Mark Elder, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario (2013)

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Mark Elder, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario (2013)

Mark Elder, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 554 Mb | Total time: 60:16+64:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORC49 | Recorded: 2012

Belisario is, quite simply, one of Donizetti’s finest achievements. Dating from the high watermark of Donizetti’s maturity, with its premiere in 1836 (the year after the debut of Maria Stuarda in Milan and Lucia di Lammermoor in Naples), Belisario proved a triumph on stages throughout the 19th century. Yet, incredibly, it is little known today. The libretto, by Salvadore Cammarano (who collaborated with Donizetti on Lucia di Lammermoor), tells the moving and typically complicated story of the 6th century Byzantine general. Falsely accused by his wife, Antonina, of killing their son, he was blinded and exiled as his punishment. Only the recognition by his daughter, Irene, that her father’s former captive, Alamiro, was her long-lost brother restores Belisario’s reputation; tragically, too late to save his life.

Martin Roscoe, Fedor Glushchenko - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 6: Ernő Dohnányi: Piano Concertos (1993)

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Martin Roscoe, Fedor Glushchenko - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 6: Ernő Dohnányi: Piano Concertos (1993)

Martin Roscoe, Fedor Glushchenko, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 6: Ernő Dohnányi: Piano Concertos (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 74:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66684 | Recorded: 1993

In this series featuring ‘The Romantic Piano Concerto’, Dohnányi’s two works in this form are fitting examples of the genre because he was throughout his life a romantic both at heart and in his musical language. Although he died as late as 1960 he had little to do with the musical developments of the twentieth century. The two Concertos on this recording evoke a world which belongs to the nineteenth century. Dohnányi continued to compose in a style deeply rooted in the Austro-German classical tradition exemplified by Brahms. His merit as a composer is that he was able to prolong meaningfully the classico/romantic past, of which he was one of the last practitioners, well into this century, both in his chamber and orchestral music. This he did with elegance, wit, and stylish virtuosity. The two Piano Concertos are fine examples of his fluent mastery of form and instrumentation.

Prague Piano Duo, Leoš Svárovský - Jan Ladislav Dusík, Leopold Koželuh: Piano Concertos (2004)

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Prague Piano Duo, Leoš Svárovský - Jan Ladislav Dusík, Leopold Koželuh: Piano Concertos (2004)

Prague Piano Duo, Leoš Svárovský, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice - Jan Ladislav Dusík, Leopold Koželuh: Piano Concertos (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 67:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 250 213 | Recorded: 2004

To Leopold Koželuh, rival and successor of Mozart, one essentially owes the abandoning of the harpsichord in favour of the pianoforte, and to Dussek / Dusík the advent of the modern piano. The second was erred only by being right too soon and writing avant-garde music before the pre-eminence of Liszt. It remains to grant them the place that they deserve for this instrument (34 piano Sonatas for Dussek), and in the sphere of forgotten piano duets.

David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Gioachino Rossini: Ermione (2010)

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David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Gioachino Rossini: Ermione (2010)

David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Gioachino Rossini: Ermione (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 651 Mb | Total time: 64:47+69:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORC42 | Recorded: 2009

During the years from 1815 to 1822 when his career centered on Naples, Rossini composed a sequence of works for the Teatro San Carlo, which at that time boasted an outstanding orchestra and a company of resident singers that was the leading ensemble available anywhere. A string of masterpieces resulted, including Ermione - which is without doubt one of the composer's greatest operas, despite it being perhaps the least immediately successful. Ermione was received with incomprehension at its sole performance in 1819 and was never revived in Rossini's lifetime. Since its first stage revival in Pesaro in 1987, Ermione has been recognized as a lost masterpiece. Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, the opera's novelties begin with an overture interrupted by a choral lament of Trojan prisoners. Tension and staggering originality are maintained right to the very end.

Malcolm Binns, David Lloyd-Jones - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 5: Rimsky-Korsakov & Balakirev: Piano Concertos (1993)

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Malcolm Binns, David Lloyd-Jones - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 5: Rimsky-Korsakov & Balakirev: Piano Concertos (1993)

Malcolm Binns, David Lloyd-Jones, English Northern Philharmonia - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 5: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Mili Balakirev: Piano Concertos (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 60:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66640 | Recorded: 1992

Composed in 1882/3, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Piano Concerto was the last of a series of works written in the very happy middle period of his life; other compositions of this period, rich in charming lyricism, included the opera The Snow Maiden and the orchestral Szakza (‘Fairy Tale’). The Concerto was first performed in March 1884 at one of Balakirev’s Free School concerts in St Petersburg and was the last work of Rimsky to be wholly approved of by his erstwhile mentor. While the lyricism is still sincere and deeply felt in the Concerto, the work also foreshadows the master artificer of the later years.