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Boris Giltburg, Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 5 & 0, WoO 4 (2022)

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Boris Giltburg, Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 5 & 0, WoO 4 (2022)

Boris Giltburg, Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 5 & 0, WoO 4 (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 225 Mb | Total time: 62:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.574153 | Recorded: 2019, 2020

These works share the common key of E flat major but represent two very different stages in the composer’s life. The Piano Concerto No. 0, WoO 4, written when Beethoven was 13 years old, is one of his earliest works. With the orchestral score lost, this extant version for piano solo written in Beethoven’s hand includes the tutti sections reduced for piano. The radiant ‘Emperor’ Concerto shows the 38-year-old Beethoven at the peak of his creative powers, and remains a glorious example of his spirit triumphing over life’s adversities.

Alexander Ullman, Andrew Litton, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Piano Sonata (2022)

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Alexander Ullman, Andrew Litton, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Piano Sonata (2022)

Alexander Ullman, Andrew Litton, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Piano Sonata (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 228 Mb | Total time: 72:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Rubicon Classics | # RCD1057 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

Alexander Ullman was the winner of the 2011 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest. He studied at the Purcell School, the Curtis Institute and the Royal College of Music. His teachers include William Fong, Leon Fleisher and Dmitri Alexeev. Alexander’s debut album on Rubicon was a recital of great Russian ballet music arranged for piano – Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky – and received enthusiastic reviews from around the world. This album is his first concerto recording – the two Liszt Concertos are coupled with the B minor Sonata.

Maria João Pires, John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 / Schumann: Piano Concerto (2014)

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Maria João Pires, John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 / Schumann: Piano Concerto (2014)

Maria João Pires, John Eliot Gardiner - Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 / Schumann: Piano Concerto (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:16:43 | 361 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: LSO | Catalog: 0765

This release from the London Symphony Orchestra's LSO Live series features a program that the orchestra must have played hundreds of times over its long history: Mendelssohn's well-loved Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 ("Scottish"), and Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, with the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, in between. There are substantial attractions, but they don't necessarily come where some think they might. What truly sets this recording apart is the extraordinarily graceful performance of the Schumann by Portuguese (and now Brazilian) pianist Maria João Pires, with the LSO keeping itself carefully subordinated to her unusually quiet performance.

Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Oboe Concerti at the Dresden Court: Pisendel, Fasch, Valentini, Heinichen (2008)

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Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Oboe Concerti at the Dresden Court: Pisendel, Fasch, Valentini, Heinichen (2008)

Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Oboe Concerti at the Dresden Court: Pisendel, Fasch, Valentini, Heinichen (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 389 Mb | Total time: 70:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent Records | # ACC 24202 | Recorded: 2007

Nach dem Tod des Dresdner Konzertmeisters Johann Georg Pisendel 1755 ließ Kurfürstin Maria Josepha dessen musikalischen Nachlass aufkaufen. In der Dresdner Hofkirche, in einem großen Schrank mit der Nummer II, wurde der musikalische Schatz aus eigenen und fremden Kompositionen eingelagert und hat sich über die Jahrhunderte hinweg erhalten. Nur ein geringer Teil dieses Repertoires ist allerdings bislang gesichtet, geschweige denn eingespielt worden, so dass die Batzdorfer Hofkapelle mit einigen Weltersteinspielungen aufwarten kann.

Renaud Capuçon, Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Hough - Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Violin Sonata (2021)

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Renaud Capuçon, Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Hough - Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Violin Sonata (2021)

Renaud Capuçon, Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Hough - Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Violin Sonata (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 74:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190295112820 | Recorded: 2020

Elgar's violin concerto - distinctively passionate and nostalgic - is one of the great late-Romantic concertos. "It is a huge piece," says Renaud Capuçon "both in terms of it's length and it's romantic and noble nature." This is Capuçon's first recording with Sir Simon Rattle, here conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. When Rattle chose Elgar's Enigma Variations for his inaugural concert as the LSO's music director in 2017, he was celebrating the close historic links between the composer and the orchestra. Not only did the LSO accompany Fritz Kreisler in the premiere of the violin concerto in 1910, Elgar became it's Principal Conductor the following year. Paired with the concerto on this album is his violin sonata, first performed in 1919. Renaud Capuçon, who calls the sonata "a work of nobility and tenderness", is joined by one of the leading British pianists of today, Stephen Hough.

Alexandre Kantorow, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Tapiola Sinfonietta - Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2022)

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Alexandre Kantorow, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Tapiola Sinfonietta - Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2022)

Alexandre Kantorow, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Tapiola Sinfonietta - Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 315 Mb | Total time: 85:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2400 | Recorded: 2018, 2020, 2021

In 2019, Alexandre and Jean-Jacques Kantorow’s recording of the last three piano concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns earned the highest praise around the world, including a Diapason d’or de l’année, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and top marks and recommendations from the leading German web sites Klassik Heute and Klassik.com. The Kantorows’ orchestra of choice was the Finnish ensemble Tapiola Sinfonietta, and they have now returned to Helsinki to record not only Saint-Saëns’ first two concertos, but all of the remaining works for piano and orchestra.

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2022)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2022)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 67:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902412 | Recorded: 2017

After the first two instalments, highly praised by the press – ‘one of the finest, most . . . thrilling performances of [the] Fourth Concerto’, wrote Gramophone – Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester close their Beethoven trilogy with the classical yet already eminently personal Concerto no.1, and that masterpiece of intensity and drama, Concerto no.3. Once again, period instruments and historically informed performance practice reveal the astonishing modernity that early listeners found in these works.

Anthony Camden, John Georgiadis, The London Virtuosi - Tomaso Albinoni: Oboe Concerti (2000)

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Anthony Camden, John Georgiadis, The London Virtuosi - Tomaso Albinoni: Oboe Concerti (2000)

Anthony Camden, John Georgiadis, The London Virtuosi - Tomaso Albinoni: Oboe Concerti (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 879 Mb | Total time: 64:05+58:27+52:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503050 | Recorded: 1992, 1994

The London Virtuosi use modern instruments, but their playing is fresh and refined and the digital recording is natural and beautifully balanced. The calibre of Anthony Camden’s solo contribution is readily shown in slow movements, matched by Georgiadis’s rapt, sensitive accompaniments. On the first disc Camden’s excellent colleague is Julia Girdwood, but for the two other collections Alison Alty takes over, and the partnership seems even more felicitous, with the two instruments blended quite perfectly. Also included is a Sinfonia arranged by Camden a Sinfonia concertante. This series can be strongly recommended on all counts.

Melani Mestre, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 65: Albéniz & Granados: Piano Concertos (2015)

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Melani Mestre, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 65: Albéniz & Granados: Piano Concertos (2015)

Melani Mestre, Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 65: Albéniz & Granados: Piano Concertos (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 76:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67918 | Recorded: 2012

Volume 65 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series journeys to Spain and the heart-on-sleeve world there to be found. The Albéniz Concierto fantástico owes much to Schumann and Chopin, albeit with an added drizzle of the Iberian peninsula; the perennially popular Rapsodia española, on the other hand, throws all such classical models to the wind.

Artur Pizarro, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 64: Oswald & Napoleão: Piano Concertos (2014)

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Artur Pizarro, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 64: Oswald & Napoleão: Piano Concertos (2014)

Artur Pizarro, Martyn Brabbins, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 64: Oswald & Napoleão: Piano Concertos (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 67:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67984 | Recorded: 2013

Portuguese virtuoso Artur Pizarro makes a welcome return to the Romantic Piano Concerto series with the outpourings of two brilliant pianist-composers. Their names may not be familiar to listeners today. The Brazilian Henrique Oswald and the Portuguese Alfredo Napoleão were born in the same year, less than three months apart, when Schumann, Brahms and Liszt were alive and Chopin recently deceased. Both were of mixed European heritage: Oswald with a Swiss-German father and Italian mother, Napoleão with an Italian father and Portuguese mother. Both were child prodigies who became widely travelled concert pianists, pedagogues and composers. In 1868 Oswald gave his ‘farewell recital’ and left Rio de Janeiro to study in Europe; Napoleão went to Brazil.

Christian Tetzlaff, Robin Ticciati, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Brahms, Berg: Violin Concertos (2022)

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Christian Tetzlaff, Robin Ticciati, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Brahms, Berg: Violin Concertos (2022)

Christian Tetzlaff, Robin Ticciati, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Brahms, Berg: Violin Concertos (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 62:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1410-2 | Recorded: 2021, 2022

In this new concerto album one of the greatest violinist of his generation, Christian Tetzlaff, offers profound interpretations of two deeply dramatic and lyrical concertos - those of Brahms and Berg - together with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Robin Ticciati.

Itzhak Perlman, Seije Ozawa - Wieniawski: The Two Violin Concertos (1985)

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Itzhak Perlman, Seije Ozawa - Wieniawski: The Two Violin Concertos (1985)

Itzhak Perlman, Seije Ozawa - Wieniawski: The Two Violin Concertos (1985)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 50:09 | 253 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | Catalog: CDC 7 47107 2

Wieniawski's scintillating works are played with brilliance and great musical charm here by Perlman and Sanders (piano) for the duets, and Ozawa conducting the LPO for the concertos. It is somtimes said that Perlman's playing has often been recorded too "forward", so one can hear the "between the notes" bowing sounds when he plays.

Joseph Moog - Rachmaninov, Rubinstein: Piano Concertos (2012)

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Joseph Moog - Rachmaninov, Rubinstein: Piano Concertos (2012)

Joseph Moog - Rachmaninov, Rubinstein: Piano Concertos (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:49 | 297 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Onyx | Catalog: ONYX 4089

The outstanding young German pianist Joseph Moog makes his debut on ONYX with a superb disc of two great Russian piano concertos that have had very different fates. Anton Rubinstein s 4th was once one of the most famous and popular concertos in the repertoire, and many of the major virtuosos performed this work into the early years of the 20th century when the composer s other works vanished from the concert hall.

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Concerto Delle Dame (2011)

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La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Concerto Delle Dame (2011)

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Concerto Delle Dame (2011)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 53:42 | 264 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD920919

The Concerti delle Dame, or Concerts of the Ladies, were secret events held by the Duke of Ferrara, using a consort of sopranos at his court. The organizer was the duke's court composer, the melodiously named Luzzasco Luzzaschi, who also composed chromatic madrigals in a language approaching that of Gesualdo. But these works experimented with the declamatory, chordal, highly ornamented style that became known as the seconda pratica.

Eckart Hubner, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Bohdan Warchal - Devienne: Bassoon Concertos (1993)

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Eckart Hubner, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Bohdan Warchal - Devienne: Bassoon Concertos (1993)

Eckart Hubner, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Bohdan Warchal - Devienne: Bassoon Concertos (1993)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:24 | 356 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 999120

This is a very nice recording of bassoon concertos by the Mozart of Paris, Francois Devienne. Eckart Huebner is a masterful player with a nice sound, good interpretation, great intonation, and brings out the musicality which occasionally lacks or is absent in Devienne recordings. His notes are well written and provide background with thoughts and conjecture concerning each of the concertos and the mysterious 2nd bassoon concerto of Mozart which has been attributed to Devienne.