Russian Piano Concertos

Russian Piano Concertos
Artist Various artists
Format 15 CD
Cat. number 95520
EAN code 5028421955209
Release March 2018

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This fascinating survey of the Russian (and Polish!) piano concerto in 15 CDs includes the masterworks of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov – beloved examples at the pinnacle of both Russian music and the piano concerto genre – along with more- and lesser-known yet all eminently worthy works by composers from both Imperial and Soviet Russia and those by Paderewski, Scharwenka and Moszkowski, who were born in what today is Poland.

Though the piano concerto is now inextricably linked in modern minds to the Russian repertoire, the area’s isolation meant that it would take some time for the genre to take hold there, but that it would grow into a unique, characteristic and varied expression. The accompanying essay by David Moncur leads interested readers logically along the timeline of the genre’s development in the east of Europe, exploring the generational and stylistic interconnections between fellow-composers and musician colleagues who were teachers, mentors, supporters and dedicatees.

There is a special quality to Russian Piano Concertos: apart from their jaw-dropping virtuosity and orchestral brilliance they share that common Slavonic flavor, an undefinable mixture of melancholy and passion, whether smouldering or blazing.
This set contains the famous concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, but also lesser known composers: Anton Rubinstein, Medtner, Glazunov, Kabalevsky, Scriabin, Khatchaturian, Arensky, Balakirev, Lyapunov, Bortkiewicz and Khrennikov. Adding extra spice to the set are the concertos by Scharwenka and Moszkowski, Polish by birth but Slavic in spirit.
Excellent performances by Michael Ponti, Boris Giltburg, Yevgeny Kissin, Stefan Doniga and others.
Newly written liner notes are included in the booklet.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 4
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E Major, Op. 38
  3. Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28

Disk 2

  1. Piano Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 70: I. Moderato assai
  2. Piano Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 70: II. Andante
  3. Piano Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 70: III. Allegro
  4. Konzertstück in A-Flat Major, Op. 113

Disk 3

  1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 60: I. Con moto, largamente
  2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 60: II. Interludium. Allegro molto sostenuto, misterioso – III. Finale. Allegro molto
  3. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro non troppo
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major: II. Adagio – III. Allegro risoluto
  5. Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28

Disk 4

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 9: I. Moderato quasi andantino
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 9: II. Moderato - Allegro assai
  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 9: III. Vivace marcato
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 23: II. Andantino semplice
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro molto
  7. Piano Concerto No.2 in B Major, Op. 100

Disk 5

  1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 50: I. Allegro molto
  2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 50: II. Andante con moto
  3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 50: III. Presto
  4. Piano Concerto in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30
  5. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 92: I. Allegro moderato
  6. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 92: II. Theme with Variations

Disk 6

  1. Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major: I. Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso
  2. Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major: II. Andante con anima
  3. Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major: III. Allegro brilliante
  4. Concert Rhapsody in D-Flat Major

Disk 7

  1. Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59: I. Moderato
  2. Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59: II. Andante
  3. Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59: III. Scherzo. Vivace
  4. Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59: IV. Allegro deciso
  5. Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 56: I. Allegro
  6. Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 56: II. Adagio
  7. Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 56: III. Allegro non troppo

Disk 8

  1. Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 2: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 2: II. Andante con moto
  3. Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 2: III. Finale. Allegro molto
  4. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 17: I. Allegro
  5. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 17: II. Romanza. Andante
  6. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 17: III. Finale. Allegro molto vivace

Disk 9

  1. Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 20: I. Allegro
  2. Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 20: II. Andante
  3. Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 20: III. Allegro moderato
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21: I. Introduction. Moderato
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21: II. Sonata. Allegro con fuoco
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21: III. Rondo. Giocoso – Andantino

Disk 10

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirit
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: II. Andante semplice – Prestissimo
  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro con fuoco
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: I. Allegro brilliante
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: II. Andante non troppo
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: III. Allegro con fuoco

Disk 11

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: I. Moderato
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: II. Adagio sostenuto
  3. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: III. Allegro scherzando
  4. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: I. Allegro ma non tanto
  5. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: II. Intermezzo
  6. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: III. Finale. Alla breve

Disk 12

  1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: I. Andante – Allegro
  2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: II. Tema con variazioni
  3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: III. Allegro ma non troppo
  4. Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: I. Vivace
  5. Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: II. Andante
  6. Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: III. Moderato
  7. Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: IV. Vivace
  8. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10

Disk 13

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35: II. Lento
  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35: III. Moderato
  4. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35: IV. Allegro con brio
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102: I. Allegro
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102: II. Andante
  7. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102: III. Allegro

Disk 14

  1. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: I. —
  2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: II. —
  3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: III. —
  4. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: IV. —
  5. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: V. —
  6. Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 14: I. Andante lugubre
  7. Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 14: II. Tema con concertini. Lento sostenuto
  8. Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 14: III. Allegro – Molto marcato

Disk 15

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 28: I. Allegro dramatico
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 28: II. Allegretto
  3. Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 28: III. Allegro dramatico
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 28: IV. Allegro vivo
  5. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: I. Grave
  6. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: II. Cadenza
  7. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: III. Andante
  8. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: IV. Lento – Maestoso – Solenne
  9. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: V. Moderato