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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67365
Recording details: December 1996
Gro▀er Sendesaal, Funkhaus, Hannover des NDR, Germany
Produced by John H West
Engineered by Bj÷rn Brigsne
Release date: July 2003
Total duration: 37 minutes 57 seconds

'an admirable addition to an admirable series. The recordings retain their original excellence and Tadeusz Strugula and the German orchestra back their stylish soloist to the hilt' (Gramophone)

'there is a meaty flamboyance to both these concertos, giving them a personality of their own. Seta Tanyel brings to them an impressive strength of purpose and a rhapsodic lyrical spirit that project the music with appealing panache' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Seta Tanyel's outstanding performances are suffused with the very epitome of the romantic soul' (American Record Guide)

Piano Concerto No 3 in C sharp minor, Op 80

Maestoso  [15'48]
Adagio  [9'20]
Allegro non troppo  [12'49]

Introduction  EnglishFranšaisDeutsch
The first performance of the Piano Concerto No 3 in C sharp minor, with Scharwenka himself as soloist once again, marked his welcome return to Berlin as a performer in January 1899 after a seven-year absence, and he had a magnificent reception. The third concerto is symphonically much stronger than the second, where the emphasis is very much on the soloist. Here the piano and orchestra are much more integrated. Thematically Scharwenka tends to follow Liszt’s example with regard to cyclic form, and although he still retains the three separate movements (the finale follows the second without a break), the main theme from the first movement is varied in lyrical form in the second, and it appears as the main theme in the third movement also, this time with rhythmic variation. Again, in the finale, as with the second concerto, Scharwenka reminds us of his Polish origins.

from notes by Martin Eastick ę 2003

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