This is an excellent and very well recorded version of Sauer's Second Piano Concerto. Oleg Marshev has already set down fine versions of the Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff piano concertos and is now an established Danacord artist. James Loughran and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra are now stable performers as regards accompaniments in piano concertos for the same label.
Sauer's Second is a real barnstormer and it is excellently done here. The opening movement begins with a lugubrious Moderato lamentoso and concludes with a beautiful Tempo I that really has the soloist up in arms with its virtuosity. The second movement is a Vivacissimo, which in turn leads to the slow movement that contains a lyrical and beautiful Molto moderato.
I also enjoyed the Finale that also follows without a break and which is marked Allegro deciso, assai moderato. James Loughran and the Aarhus orchestra provide sterling accompaniment throughout and Marshev concludes the concerto with distinction. At present, this is definitely the version to have as regards the Sauer Concerto is concerned.
The disc also includes a number of solo pieces that also find Marshev on fine form. Of these, I greatly enjoyed the delightful Polka in A Major and the Cinq Morceaux which are deft and light in Marshev's hands. Danacord's recording is excellently atmospheric and well balanced although the orchestra is slightly reticent in the concerto. Otherwise, this is a highly recommendable disc for all piano lovers.
Copyright © 2004, Gerald Fenech