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At the very heart of a concerto is the interplay and contrast of a solo instrument within a larger instrumental ensemble. The natural progression from the Baroque concerto grosso, the concerto as we know it was fully established as a concert staple in the eighteenth century, and many works dating from this period are still a key part of the repertoire today. The opportunity for dazzling virtuosic display from the soloist has resulted in the concerto becoming a vital musical force both on the concert platform and in the audience arena.

The most important composer in the development of the early piano concerto was Mozart, whose masterly compositions for the instrument paved the way for expansion of the form by composers such as Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Grieg. In the Romantic era, composers such as Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky lent a distinctly Russian fluency and passion to the idiom, whilst no pianistic survey would be complete without the transcendent concertos of those great piano masters, Chopin and Liszt. The twentieth century transformed the piano concerto yet further with splendid offerings from a delicate Ravel, fiery Prokofiev and jazzy Gershwin to name but a few.

Disc 1

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
1.   I. Allegro 00:14:09
2.   II. Romance 00:09:02
3.   III. Rondo: Allegro assai 00:07:45
  Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan”
4.   I. Allegro maestoso 00:13:30
5.   II. Andante 00:06:44
6.   III. Allegro vivace assai 00:06:11

Disc 2

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
1.   I. Allegro 00:10:31
2.   II. Adagio 00:06:25
3.   III. Allegro assai 00:07:52
  Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503
4.   I. Allegro maestoso 00:14:07
5.   II. Andante 00:07:20
6.   III. Allegretto 00:08:51

Disc 3

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
1.   I. Allegro con brio 00:16:33
2.   II. Largo 00:09:53
3.   III. Rondo: Allegro 00:08:49
  Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
4.   I. Allegro moderato 00:19:07
5.   II. Andante con moto 00:05:36
6.   III. Rondo: Vivace 00:09:56

Disc 4

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
1.   I. Allegro 00:20:14
2.   II. Adagio un poco mosso 00:08:01
3.   III. Rondo: allegro 00:10:13

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat Major, K. 595
4.   I. Allegro 00:12:54
5.   II. Larghetto 00:07:30
6.   III. Allegro 00:08:23

Disc 5

Brahms, Johannes

  Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
1.   I. Maestoso 00:23:46
2.   II. Adagio 00:15:01
3.   III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo 00:12:36

Liszt, Franz

  Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S124/R455
4.   Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto - 00:05:09
5.   Quasi adagio - 00:04:44
6.   Allegretto vivace - 00:04:04
7.   Allegro marziale animato 00:04:14

Disc 6

Brahms, Johannes

  Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83
1.   I. Allegro non troppo 00:18:33
2.   II. Allegro appassionato 00:09:11
3.   III. Andante 00:13:29
4.   IV. Allegretto grazioso 00:09:37

Liszt, Franz

  Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S125/R456
5.   Adagio sostenuto assai - 00:07:04
6.   Allegro moderato - 00:05:09
7.   Allegro deciso - 00:06:48
8.   Allegro animato 00:01:44

Disc 7

Grieg, Edvard

  Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16
1.   I. Allegro molto moderato 00:12:00
2.   II. Adagio 00:5:48
3.   III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi Presto - Andante maestoso 00:9:32

Schumann, Robert

  Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
4.   I. Allegro affettuoso 00:14:04
5.   II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso - III. Allegro vivace 00:16:16

Disc 8

Chopin, Fryderyk

  Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
1.   I. Allegro maestoso 00:21:28
2.   II. Romance: Larghetto 00:11:40
3.   III. Rondo: Vivace 00:10:24
  Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
4.   I. Maestoso 00:14:14
5.   II. Larghetto 00:09:23
6.   III. Allegretto vivace 00:08:29

Disc 9

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23
1.   I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito 00:21:03
2.   II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I 00:07:41
3.   III. Allegro con fuoco 00:07:06

Rachmaninov, Sergey

  Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
4.   I. Moderato 00:11:11
5.   II. Adagio sostenuto 00:11:19
6.   III. Allegro scherzando 00:11:32

Disc 10

Ravel, Maurice

  Piano Concerto in G Major
1.   I. Allegramente 00:08:10
2.   II. Adagio assai 00:08:27
3.   III. Presto 00:04:08

Prokofiev, Sergey

  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26
4.   I. Andante - Allegro 00:09:29
5.   II. Tema con variazioni 00:09:31
6.   III. Allegro ma non troppo 00:09:44

Gershwin, George

  Rhapsody in Blue
7.   Rhapsody in Blue 00:16:57

Total Playing Time: 11:00:21

Beethoven, Ludwig van; Brahms, Johannes; Chopin, Fryderyk; Gershwin, George; Grieg, Edvard; Liszt, Franz; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Prokofiev, Sergey; Rachmaninov, Sergey; Ravel, Maurice; Schumann, Robert; Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

Antál, Mátyás; Hayman, Richard; Lehel, György; Ligeti, András; Petrenko, Vasily; Stankovsky, Robert; Wit, Antoni; Wordsworth, Barry

Budapest Symphony Orchestra; Capella Istropolitana; Concentus Hungaricus; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Košice

Biret, Idil; Glemser, Bernd; Jandó, Jenő; Nebolsin, Eldar; Paik, Kun Woo; Selby, Kathryn; Thiollier, François-Joël; Vladar, Stefan

Label: Naxos

Series: Boxed Sets

Genre: Concerto; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century; Classical; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.501056

Barcode: 730099105644

Physical Release: 04/2012

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