Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Movement 2: Andante cantabile
Movement 3: Rondo russe: Allegro vivace
After a cadenza, this in turn takes us without pause to the slow movement in C major—Andante cantabile in 9/8—and another of Herz’s simple, delectable melodies. The second part of this theme (in E flat major) disturbs the tranquil waters with surging scales and arpeggios. Having repeated the process with a further procession of busy leggiero and espressivo passagework, the music drifts to a gentle conclusion.
To follow that, Herz offers a lively 2/4 ‘Russian Rondo accompanied by a clochette’ in E minor. Its irresistible course is contrasted not by a lyrical theme as in the archetypal Romantic concerto but by a sprightly repeated-note dance tune. Some brilliantly effective writing for the soloist leads to a tutti and a lusingando (again) bridge in which the clochette re-introduces the rondo theme. When the dance theme returns it is in E major, the key in which the work ends triumphantly.
from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2006