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Danish Piano Concertos

Volume II

  • August Winding:
  • Piano Concerto Op. 19
  • Concert Allegro for Piano and Orchestra Op. 29
  • Emil Hartmann: Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 47
Oleg Marshev, piano
Danish Philharmonic Orchestra, South Jutland/Matthias Aesbacher
Danacord 581 62m DDD
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These are very interesting works from two composers who have almost vanished from the Danish musical past.

August Winding's concert is rather reminiscent of both Grieg and Schumann with its frolicking Allegro con fuoco, a charming Andantino and a Allegro giocoso of barnstorming virtuosity. Marshev copes admirably well with the frills and thrills that permeate the work and he receives resplendent support from the Danish Philharmonic under a charismatic Aesbacher. The same goes for the short Concert Allegro, a work that lasts around fifteen minutes in which the composer explores various facets of the piano and orchestra discourse.

Hartmann's concerto is more concise but is no less memorable. It receives a spankingly good humoured performance from Marshev and the orchestra especially in the concluding Allegro. Danacord's recording is not out of the top drawer but is nonetheless adequate enough. Ideal for those who delight in rare concerto repertoire.

Copyright © 2001, Gerald Fenech