Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Movement 2: Andante ma non troppo
Movement 3: Allegro
The Second Piano Concerto shows Brüll’s strongest side as an inspired writer of melody. The structure of the first movement (Allegro moderato in C major) is reminiscent of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. The soloist introduces the theme (in the unusual time of 12/8) before the orchestra takes it up and develops it. Here too the transition contains episodes of thematic quality from which the second subject, in the subdominant key of F major, grows organically. The exposition is longer and more masterly than that of the First Concerto. The repeat exactly mirrors the course of the exposition, and is followed by a brilliant coda which emphatically reinforces the main theme.
The second movement (Andante ma non troppo in F major) has the characteristics of an abbreviated main movement of a sonata without an exposition. The first subject, introduced by lower strings and bassoons, is pushed aside by a more lively (Poco animato) and rhythmically accentuated theme in C major. After a slightly different recapitulation of this, a solo cadenza leads directly into the finale (Allegro in C major) for which the composer again chose rondo form. The main theme, whose pointed rhythm evokes memories of Meyerbeer, is contrasted with a Scherzando in G major and a march-like episode in A minor. A coda, built up with skilful dramatic effect, ends the concerto with a triumphant gesture.
from notes by Hartmut Wecker © 1998
English: Robert Flower