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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67555
Recording details: September 2006
Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Arne Akselberg
Release date: April 2007
Total duration: 31 minutes 30 seconds

Piano Concerto in D major, Op 27
composer
1914

Allegro moderato  [12'52]
Lento  [8'47]

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The first movement, in a brilliant and shining D major, has a large-scale and impressive character reminiscent of Rachmaninov. Glittering virtuoso piano passages alternate with orchestral writing that—with its eight horns, six trombones, four trumpets and two bass tubas—has a Wagnerian force. In complete contrast, the second movement has a tragic character in the mood of a funeral march. A timpani roll à la Grieg then launches the listener into a delicious waltz, which in grace and vigour stands alongside Weber’s Aufforderung zum Tanz. The last movement is a tribute to the Viennese waltz and a splendid mixture of popular melody and virtuoso piano-writing that demands spontaneous applause.

from notes by Harald Herresthal © 2007

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