The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 47 SALOMON JADASSOHN (1831-1902): Piano Concertos No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 89 and No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 90, FELIX DRAESEKE (1835-1913): Piano Concerto in E Flat, Op. 36.

Catalogue Number: 03K002

Label: Hyperion

Reference: CDA 67636

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: Jadassohn's first concerto is a formal imitation of Liszt's First: a single-movement work of around 16 minutes with a short, improvisatory introduction, a somewhat longer slow section and then the longest segment of all, a much more complex, sonata-form finale. The Second, obviously written back-to-back with the First (in 1887) is back to the standard three-movement form (24 minutes in length here) although Jadassohn inserts a fast section into the Andantino second movement which will make you think the finale has already come before the music returns to the slower tempo and the movement closes. Draeseke (1885-6) writes a martial and brazen first movement, full of alternating octaves and crashing chords, fully in late Romantic virtuoso style, follows it with a still, rapt Adagio (obviously inspired by the slow movement of Beethoven's Emperor), before returning to high action with a rambunctious scherzo-finale. The note also makes the ironic point that both these concertos and composers suffered from the Nazis: Jadassohn because he was Jewish and his music was banned and, after the war, forgotten; Draeseke since he was promoted and extolled and was therefore unjustly and illogically considered suspicious after the war (only Wagner could escape this problem). Markus Becker (piano), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Michael Sanderling.

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