Russian Piano Concertos / Various
This fascinating survey of the Russian (and Polish!) piano concerto 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. Apart from the jaw-dropping virtuosity and orchestral brilliance of these works, they share that common Slavonic flavor, an undefinable mixture of melancholy and passion, whether smoldering or blazing. The recordings on this release date from between 1964 and 2016.
Catalog Number: BRI95520
Label: Brilliant Classics
Composer: Alexander Glazunov, Alexander Scriabin, Alexandr V. Mosolov, Anton Arensky, Anton Rubinstein, Aram Khachaturian, Boris Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, Franz Xaver Scharwenka, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Mily Balakirev, Moritz Moszkowski, Nikolai Medtner, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Bortkiewicz, Sergei Lyapunov, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Antoni Wit, David Porcelijn, Dmitry Yablonsky, Hans Drewantz, Hans Richard Stracke, Helmuth Froschauer, Johannes Kalitzke, Jörg Faerber, Othmar M. F. Mága, Paul Freeman, Pierre Cao, Richard Kapp, Siegfried Landau, Timur Mynbaev, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Sirenko
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Philharmonia Hungarica, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
Performer: Bernd Glemser, Boris Giltburg, Derek Han, Felicja Blumental, Hsin-in Lin, In-Ju Bang, Klára Würtz, Kun-Woo Paik, Maria Littauer, Michael Ponti, Olga Solovieva, Oxana Yablonskaya, Stefan Doniga, Steffen Schleiermacher