The Romantic Piano Concerto - 59WLADYSLAW ZELENSKI (1837-1921): Piano Concerto in E Flat, Op. 60, ALEXANDER ZARZYCKI (1834-1895): Piano Concerto in A Flat, Op. 17, Grand Polonaise in E Flat, Op. 7.
Catalogue Number: 04O002
Reference: CDA 67958
Description: Our fourth Zelenski disc in twelve months brings his only piano concerto (1903), a work with a technically demanding solo part which is entirely thematically involved, not just empty display, and with a penchant for thematic counterpoint. The theme of the second movement Thème varié is also the theme of the finale, formerly like a classical folk dance but later with a dark Slavonic turn but this is the extent of folk flavor. Both of Zarzycki's works date from the same period (1859-60), the Polonaise a ten-minute exercise in the genre sparked off by Chopin although simpler stylistically; the concerto is, strangely, composed of only two movements, an intensely lyrical Andante and a jaunty, krakowiak-based finale. Although only 17 minutes long and seemingly missing a first movement, this is how the work was published in 1881 and there is no indication that there ever was another movement. Jonathan Plowright (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Lukasz Borowicz.