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Piano Concerto in A major

composer
1887

 
In the Concerto in A major, composed between 1886 and 1887 and dedicated to his teacher Karl Schäffer, we see a very young composer preoccupied not only with the technical aspects of composition but also with creating a virtuosic vehicle for the soloist. At this early stage as a composer we can already hear the unmistakeable ‘voice’ of Vianna da Motta: there is sometimes an awkward co-existence of styles, with the folk influences of his homeland infiltrating an otherwise Teutonic composition. The piano’s role is technically demanding and unforgiving, but musically rewarding. Again Vianna da Motta’s obvious fondness for variation form is apparent in the second movement. This work was given its world premiere in Portugal on the day before this recording was made, by the same ‘cast’.

from notes by Artur Pizarro © 2000

Composé entre 1886 et 1887, et dédié à Karl Schäffer, le Concerto en la majeur nous présente un très jeune compositeur soucieux non seulement des aspects techniques de la composition, mais de la création d’un véhicule virtuose pour le soliste. Cette pièce de jeunesse nous donne déjà à entendre la «voix» si caractéristique de Vianna da Motta, avec parfois une délicate coexistence de styles, où les influences populaires de sa patrie infiltrent une composition par ailleurs teutonne. Le rôle du piano est techniquement exigeant et impitoyable, mais musicalement gratifiant. Une fois encore, l’évidente tendresse du compositeur pour la variation se manifeste dans le second mouvement. La première mondiale de cette œuvre fut donnée au Portugal, la veille du présent enregistrement, par les mêmes interprètes.

extrait des notes rédigées par Artur Pizarro © 2000
Français: Hyperion Records Ltd

Im Konzert in A-Dur, komponiert im Zeitraum 1886/87 und seinem Lehrer Karl Schäffer gewidmet, erkennen wir einen sehr jungen Komponisten, den nicht nur die technischen Aspekte des Tonsatzes beschäftigen, sondern auch die Schaffung eines virtuosen Mediums für den Solisten. Schon in diesem frühen Stadium seiner Komponistenlaufbahn ist die unverwechselbare „Stimme“ von Vianna da Motta zu erkennen: Manchmal kommt es zu einer unbehaglichen Koexistenz verschiedener Stile, wenn sich die Einflüsse volkstümlicher Musik aus seiner Heimat in eine ansonsten teutonische Komposition einschleichen. Die Rolle des Klaviers ist technisch anspruchsvoll und unerbittlich schwierig, aber musikalisch lohnend. Im zweiten Satz macht sich wiederum Vianna da Mottas Vorliebe für die Variationsform bemerkbar. Die Uraufführung des Werks fand in Portugal statt, und zwar am Tag, ehe mit der gleichen Besetzung diese Einspielung vorgenommen wurde.

aus dem Begleittext von Artur Pizarro © 2000
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

No Concerto em Lá maior, composto entre 1886 e 1887 e dedicado ao seu professor Karl Schäffer, vemos um compositor muito jovem preocupado não só com os aspectos técnicos da composição mas também com a criação de um veículo de virtuosidade para o solista. Nesta fase precoce como compositor, já podemos escutar a ‘voz’ inconfundível de Vianna da Motta: há por vezes uma coexistência embaraçosa de estilos, com as influências populares da sua pátria infiltradas numa composição de outro modo teutónica. O papel do piano é tecnicamente exigente e implacável, mas musicalmente compensador. Mais uma vez, a óbvia inclinação de Vianna da Motta para a forma da variação é evidente no segundo movimento. Esta obra teve a sua estreia mundial em Portugal na véspera da realização desta gravação, com os mesmos intérpretes.

Artur Pizarro © 2000

Recordings

Vianna da Motta: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA67163Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA67163 track 6

Movement 2e: Variation 4 – Lento
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-16306
Duration
4'38
Recording date
13 July 1999
Recording venue
Grande Auditório, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
Recording producer
Recording engineer
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  1. Vianna da Motta: Piano Concertos (CDA67163)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: October 2000
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