Russian Piano Concertos

Russian Piano Concertos
Artist Various artists
Format 15 CD
Cat. number 95520
EAN code 5028421955209
Release March 2018

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This fascinating survey of the Russian (and Polish!) piano concerto in 15 CDs includes the masterworks of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov – beloved examples at the pinnacle of both Russian music and the piano concerto genre – along with more- and lesser-known yet all eminently worthy works by composers from both Imperial and Soviet Russia and those by Paderewski, Scharwenka and Moszkowski, who were born in what today is Poland.

Though the piano concerto is now inextricably linked in modern minds to the Russian repertoire, the area’s isolation meant that it would take some time for the genre to take hold there, but that it would grow into a unique, characteristic and varied expression. The accompanying essay by David Moncur leads interested readers logically along the timeline of the genre’s development in the east of Europe, exploring the generational and stylistic interconnections between fellow-composers and musician colleagues who were teachers, mentors, supporters and dedicatees.

There is a special quality to Russian Piano Concertos: apart from their jaw-dropping virtuosity and orchestral brilliance they share that common Slavonic flavor, an undefinable mixture of melancholy and passion, whether smouldering or blazing.
This set contains the famous concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, but also lesser known composers: Anton Rubinstein, Medtner, Glazunov, Kabalevsky, Scriabin, Khatchaturian, Arensky, Balakirev, Lyapunov, Bortkiewicz and Khrennikov. Adding extra spice to the set are the concertos by Scharwenka and Moszkowski, Polish by birth but Slavic in spirit.
Excellent performances by Michael Ponti, Boris Giltburg, Yevgeny Kissin, Stefan Doniga and others.
Newly written liner notes are included in the booklet.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sergei Lyapunov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 4
  2. Sergei Lyapunov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in E Major, Op. 38
  3. Sergei Lyapunov: Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28

Disk 2

  1. Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 70: I. Moderato assai
  2. Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 70: II. Andante
  3. Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 70: III. Allegro
  4. Anton Rubinstein: Konzertstück in A-Flat Major, Op. 113

Disk 3

  1. Nikolai Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 60: I. Con moto, largamente
  2. Nikolai Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 60: II. Interludium. Allegro molto sostenuto, misterioso – III. Finale. Allegro molto
  3. Mili Balakirev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro non troppo
  4. Mili Balakirev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major: II. Adagio – III. Allegro risoluto
  5. Sergei Lyapunov: Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28

Disk 4

  1. Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 9: I. Moderato quasi andantino
  2. Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 9: II. Moderato - Allegro assai
  3. Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 9: III. Vivace marcato
  4. Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 23: II. Andantino semplice
  6. Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro molto
  7. Alexander Glazunov: Piano Concerto No.2 in B Major, Op. 100

Disk 5

  1. Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 50: I. Allegro molto
  2. Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 50: II. Andante con moto
  3. Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 50: III. Presto
  4. Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Concerto in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30
  5. Alexander Glazunov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 92: I. Allegro moderato
  6. Alexander Glazunov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 92: II. Theme with Variations

Disk 6

  1. Aram Ilyich Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major: I. Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso
  2. Aram Ilyich Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major: II. Andante con anima
  3. Aram Ilyich Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major: III. Allegro brilliante
  4. Aram Ilyich Khachaturian: Concert Rhapsody in D-Flat Major

Disk 7

  1. Moritz Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59: I. Moderato
  2. Moritz Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59: II. Andante
  3. Moritz Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59: III. Scherzo. Vivace
  4. Moritz Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59: IV. Allegro deciso
  5. Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 56: I. Allegro
  6. Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 56: II. Adagio
  7. Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 56: III. Allegro non troppo

Disk 8

  1. Anton Arensky: Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 2: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Anton Arensky: Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 2: II. Andante con moto
  3. Anton Arensky: Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 2: III. Finale. Allegro molto
  4. Ignacy Paderewski: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 17: I. Allegro
  5. Ignacy Paderewski: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 17: II. Romanza. Andante
  6. Ignacy Paderewski: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 17: III. Finale. Allegro molto vivace

Disk 9

  1. Alexander Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 20: I. Allegro
  2. Alexander Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 20: II. Andante
  3. Alexander Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 20: III. Allegro moderato
  4. Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21: I. Introduction. Moderato
  5. Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21: II. Sonata. Allegro con fuoco
  6. Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21: III. Rondo. Giocoso – Andantino

Disk 10

  1. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirit
  2. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: II. Andante semplice – Prestissimo
  3. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro con fuoco
  4. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: I. Allegro brilliante
  5. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: II. Andante non troppo
  6. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: III. Allegro con fuoco

Disk 11

  1. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: I. Moderato
  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: II. Adagio sostenuto
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: III. Allegro scherzando
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: I. Allegro ma non tanto
  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: II. Intermezzo
  6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: III. Finale. Alla breve

Disk 12

  1. Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: I. Andante – Allegro
  2. Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: II. Tema con variazioni
  3. Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: III. Allegro ma non troppo
  4. Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: I. Vivace
  5. Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: II. Andante
  6. Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: III. Moderato
  7. Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 53: IV. Vivace
  8. Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 10

Disk 13

  1. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35: II. Lento
  3. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35: III. Moderato
  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35: IV. Allegro con brio
  5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102: I. Allegro
  6. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102: II. Andante
  7. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102: III. Allegro

Disk 14

  1. Boris Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: I. —
  2. Boris Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: II. —
  3. Boris Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: III. —
  4. Boris Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: IV. —
  5. Boris Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: V. —
  6. Alexander Mosolov: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 14: I. Andante lugubre
  7. Alexander Mosolov: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 14: II. Tema con concertini. Lento sostenuto
  8. Alexander Mosolov: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 14: III. Allegro – Molto marcato

Disk 15

  1. Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 28: I. Allegro dramatico
  2. Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 28: II. Allegretto
  3. Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 28: III. Allegro dramatico
  4. Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 28: IV. Allegro vivo
  5. Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: I. Grave
  6. Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: II. Cadenza
  7. Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: III. Andante
  8. Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: IV. Lento – Maestoso – Solenne
  9. Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 32: V. Moderato