- Audio CD (Sep 1 1998)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Hyperion UK
- ASIN: B000002ZW1
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
|1. Piano Concerto No.4 In F Minor, Op.82: Allegro Patetico|
|2. Piano Concerto No.4 In F Minor, Op.82: Intermezzo. Allegretto Molto Tranquillo|
|3. Piano Concerto No.4 In F Minor, Op.82: Lento, Mesto|
|4. Piano Concerto No.4 In F Minor, Op.82: Allegro Con Fuoco|
|5. Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor: Allegro Patetico|
|6. Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor: Scherzo. Molto Vivace - Andante Con Moto, Quasi Allegretto - Tempo|
|7. Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor: Cavatina. Larghetto Amoroso|
|8. Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor: Rondo. Tempo Giusto|
Both Concertos should be included in the rather tired concert rounds that make up the bulk of the modern orchestral season. They are alive with passion and demand a great deal from the soloist. I loved the melodies and the recording was absolutely gorgeous. I am constantly on the outlook for quality, out of the main stream, Romantic works and they continue to keep popping up like daisies. Bring them on!
Once heard, it seems impossible that this happened to two works that were once very popular. In fact, both composers, Xavier Scharwenka (1850-1924) and Emil von Sauer (1862-1942) were beloved and respected musicians in their time. This pair of concertos is brilliant and scintillating works. Stephan Hough plays them with a tone and phrasing that one reviewer described as "a model for singers as well as pianists." The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under Lawrence Foster, perform as a full partner, and play the concertos with great affection.
This recording won not only the Gramophone Best Concerto award but was named Best Record of the Year. This is a must have disc for anyone interested in romantic piano concertos.