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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66889
Recording details: October 1996
Poole Arts Centre, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Mike Hatch
Release date: January 1997
Total duration: 32 minutes 3 seconds

'Recording and presentation are first class' (Gramophone)

'This entertaining Hyperion CD is one of the year's surprises and very much worth having' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Magical playing … the music is irresistibly melodious, inventive and dazzlingly virtuosic. Donohoe throws off the technical pyrotechnics with insouciance. A fine recording only enhances the joys of this entertaining music and Donohoe's exhilarating performance' (The Sunday Times)

'Donohoe and Litton rise to the occasion magnificently with panache and poetry in equal measure … for the fourteenth time in this historically important series of recordings we can raise our hats and say "Thank you, Hyperion"' (Classic CD)

'Peter Donohoe assume parfaitement les défis de ces pages flamboyantes, dans lesquelles l'Orchestre de Bournemouth fait preuve de tout l'éclat approprié' (Diapason, France)

Concerto symphonique No 2 in B minor, Op 22

Maestoso  [16'16]
Scherzo  [4'00]
Andante  [5'14]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Concerto Symphonique in B minor, Op 22, was composed in 1844. It adheres to eighteenth-century structure with double expositions in the first movement (Maestoso). Only in the second movement does one perceive the radical changes which Litolff introduces to the genre: the Scherzo is used for the second movement, a new theme is used in the development sections, the third movement is a short and improvisational Andante, and the brilliant final Rondo-Allegretto begins with an ‘Elision/Introduction’.

The concerto is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani and strings.

from notes by Ted Blair © 1997

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