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Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 3 (Moszkowski / Scharwenka / Rubinstein / Thalberg)

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Disc 1 of 2
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Moszkowski, Piano Concerto In E Major, Op. 59 - I. Moderato
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Moszkowski, Piano Concerto In E Major, Op. 59 - Ii. Andante
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Moszkowski, Piano Concerto In E Major, Op. 59 - Iii. Scherzo: Vivace
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Moszkowski, Piano Concerto In E Major, Op. 59 - Iv. Allegro Deciso
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Rubinstein, Piano Concerto No. 4 In D Minor, Op. 70 - I. Moderato Assai
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Rubinstein, Piano Concerto No. 4 In D Minor, Op. 70 - Ii. Andante
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Rubinstein, Piano Concerto No. 4 In D Minor, Op. 70 - Iii. Allegro
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Disc 2 of 2
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Scharwenka, Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 56 - I. Allegro
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Scharwenka, Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 56 - Ii. Adagio
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Scharwenka, Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 56 - Iii. Allegro Non Troppo
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Thalberg, Piano Concerto In F Minor, Op. 5 - I. Allegro Maestoso
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Thalberg, Piano Concerto In F Minor, Op. 5 - Ii. Adagio
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Thalberg, Piano Concerto In F Minor, Op. 5 - Iii. Rondo: (Allegro)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 123:10

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Get the Moszkowski

TN-Thor

I've owned these recordings on vinyl and CD, and in my opinion, the Moszkowski never gets old. This isn't titanic "piano against orchestra" music like the Rachmaninoff concertos, but "piano with orchestra" like the Chopin concertos; and much better. You've got four movements conveying wonderful emotions: sweeping, pensive, sparkling, triumphant. And Ponti's playing is perfect! I can't say enough good things about this recording -- fill out your concerto collection! Oh, and ignore the Thalberg. It's a snore.

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Romantic but light....

Patroclus

These are interesting products of the romantic age. Of the four, I find the Moszkowski the most enjoyable. It is almost French in it's sensibility and somewhat reminiscent of the Saint-Saens piano concerti. The Rubinstein ( vide infra ) is also interesting and has enjoyed some presentation in the modern concert hall. The other two are yeomanlike works but hardly inspired. It is hard to assess if these works just do not have the inherent pianism to let the soloist shine or whether Ponti does not identify with the music, but the piano playing does not bring one to the edge of the chair. But it is, nevertheless, more than adequate for this music.

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ATTENTION! titles misplaced

AllegroConFuoco

last 3 tracks of CD 1 are Scharwenka. and first 3 tracks of CD 2 are actually Rubinstein.

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They don't play like this anymore

RonanM

Ponti got an undeserved reputation as a hack pianist. Truth is, he recorded with some awful orchestras and on some wretched pianos. And still the music comes through wonderfully. The Moszkowsky concerto is a treasure. So what if the piano is losing tune after the first five minutes - this is delicious, life-affirming playing. Start witb it and you'll be back for more (I'd take the Scharwenka next).