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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66747
Recording details: May 1994
Govan Town Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Kime
Release date: November 1994
Total duration: 21 minutes 6 seconds

'As usual for this series, the performances are beyond reproach … one could not imagine a better advocate' (Gramophone)

'Brilliantly performed … an unqualified success … In Hyperion's outstanding 'Romantic Piano Concerto' series this is one of the most successful issues yet, very well recorded' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Two formidable concertos, brilliantly performed. One of the most successful issues in Hyperion's outstanding Romantic Piano Concerto series' (The Guardian)

Piano Concerto No 2 in E major, Op 12

Mässig bewegt  [7'38]
Langsam  [6'46]
Sehr lebhaft  [2'15]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Concerto No 2 in E major, Op 12, lasting for just under half the duration of the ‘First’ Concerto, provides something of a contrast. It dates from 1893, by which time time d’Albert had reached maturity as a composer. This Concerto is also in one movement and cyclic in form, but consists of four basic contrasting sections flowing into each other. D’Albert uses his thematic material quite sparingly, but it is well developed in its various guises throughout the Concerto’s more coherent structure. In the same year d’Albert staged Der Rubin, the first of his twenty or so operas. He met with little success in this venture, but never returned to serious composition for the instrument he so loved.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 1994

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