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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 4:32 am 
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Hi everyone! I just recently registered here. And for my first post, well I've viewed the site of classicsonline.com. I've seen their promo their for Piano Concertos series, with up to 25% discount for specially chosen collections. Here's the catch:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Piano ConcertosMozart wrote 27 numbered concertos for keyboard. These were mainly written in Vienna between 1782 and 1791, principally to showcase his own virtuosity in the popular subscription concerts with which he achieved great success in the imperial capital.


Ludwig van Beethoven: The Piano ConcertosBeethoven’s five piano concertos were also written for his own use and helped establish him as a breathtakingly talented performer in Vienna. Each Piano Concerto has a unique and highly personal character and explores the various ways in which the soloist relates to the orchestra. At times sublimely beautiful, at others thrillingly virtuosic and tempestuous, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos remain key works in the repertoire to this day and demand extraordinary abilities from soloist, orchestra and conductor alike.

"In a straight comparison with Brendel I found it difficult to tell which I was listening to. There is a joy in the outer movements, while none of the other versions have such a beautiful central movement.... One notes his care with dynamics, the technical brilliance and excitement that a young person can bring to this music. The competitor is Ashkenazy and Solti, but I prefer the lighter weight of the Czech Orchestra and the greater spaciousness of the Naxos recording." - Gramophone


German Romantic Piano Concertos: This exciting selection of German Romantic Piano Concertos covers the major composers of the period, from the very beginnings of Romanticism with the concertos of Hummel (including the Concerto for Piano & Violin), through the compositions of Ries, Mendelssohn (including the Concertos for Two Pianos and the Concerto for Piano, Violin and Strings) , Weber and Schumann, culminating in the two towering works of Johannes Brahms.

[Idil Biret’s] primarily a poetic performer but with plenty of muscle for when the going gets tough. She has mastered the long Brahms musical line, and she can whip up excitement when she needs too - the titanic scherzo movement, for instance... The bonus performance of Schumann's Introduction and Allegro appasionato is a treat." - Dallas Morning News (Lawson Taitte)on 8.554089


Russian Piano Concertos: This collection spans the Romantic and 20th century periods. One of the first important Russian composers, and a rival to Liszt, Anton Rubinstein wrote five Piano Concertos. His contemporaries Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov are also included in this rich collection. The piano concertos of Glazunov, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Medtner and Kabalevsky round off this is fascinating survey of the Russian concerto tradition.

"With this recording Naxos completes its Medtner concerto cycle with Scherbakov. To have such romantic richness-once the province of specialists-offered on a bargain label is cause for celebration in itself; to have it performed and recorded with such tireless commitment is a double blessing. - Gramophone (Bryce Morrison) on 8.553359


Romantic Piano Concertos: Romanticism developed as a movement which emphasised heightened contrasts and strong emotions, in reaction to the restraint of the proceeding Classical style which dominated the late 18th Century.

As the modern piano developed, the Piano Concerto also kept pace to exploit the increased range of the keyboard and the marvellous sonorities that were now becoming available. This selection of Romantic Piano Concertos collects the very best from across Europe, featuring works by Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, d’Albert, Alkan, Franck, Moszkowski, Paderewski and Respighi.


20th Century Piano Concertos: As the 20th Century dawned, composers were still drawing from the late Romantic musical language, but as the century unfolded, composers began to write music that experimented with traditional ideas and began to encompass a wide variety of innovative styles. Jazz also made its influence felt, as did atonality, minimalism and electronic technology. As this collection shows, 20th Century Piano Concertos broke free from the past in revolutionary ways. So much so, indeed, that this collection comes in two parts, simply to encompass a representative selection of path-breaking music.


American Piano Concertos: This collection features works by very famous and unfamiliar composers, each of whom developed a distinctive musical voice. The earliest composer featured here is Edward MacDowell, born in 1860, who is best remembered today for his To a Wild Rose, although his Second Piano Concerto was highly popular during his own lifetime. Amy Beach (born 1867) was the first American female composer of large scale works and her Piano Concerto is a beautiful example of late Romanticism. Aaron Copland did much during the early decades of the 20th century to bring a fresh and distinctively American accent, incorporating elements of popular and folk styles into many of his works. This collection brings together a wide range of music, from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and delightful Piano Concertos by Leroy Anderson and Vernon Duke through to today’s leaders, including Carson Cooman and Carter Pann.


British Piano Concertos: This fascinating survey of British Piano Concertos includes rarities such as Hamilton Harty’s Piano Concerto, written in 1920 during his most fertile period of composition. William Alwyn’s first Piano Concerto, composed in 1930, was inspired by the musicianship of the renowned Clifford Curzon. Remarkably, Alwyn’s second Piano Concerto, from 1960, has never received a public performance! Alongside other well-known British composers such Benjamin Britten, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Alan Rawsthorne and Sir Arthur Bliss are the under-represented works of John Gardiner, Thomas Pitfield, Alec Rowley, Christian Darnton and Howard Ferguson.

‘Of all the enterprising series that Naxos has been undertaking, the ‘British Piano Concerto’ must be one of the most valuable.’
- Tony Haywood, MusicWeb International on 8.557590

Check them out! I'm planning a purchase.

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