Reis­sues

BBC Music Magazine - - Concerto Reviews - Re­viewed by Claire Jack­son

Brahms Aca­demic Pi­ano Fes­ti­val Con­certo Over­ture No. 1; Tragic Over­ture, Elo­quence Clif­ford Cur­zon 482 made 5830 sev­eral (1952-53) ac­claimed 71:04 stu­dio mins record­ings of Brahms’s first pi­ano con­certo; this ver­sion from 1952 was made in the mono era, ditto the sup­port­ing works from Con­cert­ge­bouwork­est. ★★★★ • • Grieg Prokofiev Ravel Pi­ano Con­cer­tos Supraphon SU 4245-2 (1967-84) 66:42 mins

These his­tor­i­cal record­ings fea­ture Czech pi­anist Ivan Mo­ravec in three con­certs at Smetana Hall. The Grieg (1984) is lack­lus­tre, the Ravel (1974) and Prokofiev No. 1 (1967) more ex­pres­sive. ★★★ Mozart Pi­ano Con­certo K453 Shostakovich Pi­ano Con­certo No. 1 Pro­fil CD PH 17086 (2016) 52:53 mins

Recorded live in Mu­nich’s Prince Re­gent Theatre, pi­anist Ev­geni Bozhanov’s Shostakovich is more suc­cess­ful than his Mozart, which at times can sound just a lit­tle leaden-footed. ★★ Schu­mann Works for vi­o­lin and or­ches­tra SWR Mu­sic SWR 19422CD (2010) 79:15 mins Vi­o­lin­ist Lena Neu­dauer gives su­perb read­ings of the con­cer­tos – in­clud­ing the re­cently ‘dis­cov­ered’ Op. 129 orig­i­nally for cello. The minia­tures (two of them in pre­miere record­ings) are charm­ing. ★★★★

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