Antheil: Piano Concertos, Etc / Becker, Oue, Et Al
I'm sure every pianist within Markus Becker's reach will line up to rent his octaves after hearing him sail through the brief Jazz Sonata with wrists and arms intact. And compared to the First concerto's premiere recording featuring pianist Michael Rische with Christoph Poppen and the Bamberg Symphony, Becker's added rhythmic alacrity joined with the more innately "swinging" NDR Radiophilharmonie under Eiji Oue pays sharper dividends. Incidentally, the Jazz Symphony is played in its shorter 1955 revision (as is the harder-edged performance with H. K. Gruber leading the Ensemble Modern on RCA), as opposed to the slightly longer 1925 score recorded for RCA by Michael Tilson-Thomas and the New World Symphony. Needless to say, this is a must for Antheil acolytes.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Catalog Number: 777109-2
Composer: George Antheil
Conductor: Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble: North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Performer: Markus Becker