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Track(s) taken from CDA67950
Recording details: July 2012
Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Produced by Ben Connellan
Engineered by Veronika Vincze
Release date: September 2013
Total duration: 16 minutes 42 seconds

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Morceau de concert in C minor, Op 27
composer
1845; Allegro maestoso; dedicated to the Philharmonic Society of London

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Dreyschock’s Morceau de concert, Op 27, is dedicated to the Philharmonic Society of London. It opens with a Beethovenian declamation—and indeed throughout the piece there are allusions to several Beethoven works, notably the ‘Appassionata’ Sonata. A number of ideas are presented in quick succession before the piano’s fiery entry leads to its own treatment of these themes, including an enchanting section (from 2'55'') where the melody is presented by the left hand decorated with leggiero sixths and repeated notes in the right hand. A dolorous new subject in F minor is introduced by the solo cello (shades of Berlioz’s orchestration of Weber’s Invitation to the Dance) which eventually gives way to several exacting pages (marked con fuoco) and a return to the opening theme, now in F minor. The French horn, rather than the cello, announces the repeat of the lachrymose theme, still underpinned by the cello but now in the work’s tonic. There is no doubting the home key as we come in sight of the finishing post.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2013

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