FRANZ SCHMIDT (1874-1939): Piano Concerto in E Flat for the Left Hand, Concertante Variations on a Theme of Beethoven for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 08M006
Reference: 777 338
Description: Written for the one-armed Paul Wittgenstein in 1934, the big, 43-minute concerto follows right on from the Fourth Symphony in its elegiac mood, moderate tempi and philosophically musing quality, suggesting in much of its actual musical structure (and, often, mood) late Brahms and Bruckner. The Beethoven variations (from the scherzo and trio of the Spring Sonata), date from 1923 and occupy 30 minutes in seven segments, Schmidt introducing more modern forms (a bolero, for instance) and harmonic colors as the work progresses. Only available recording of the concerto now that the Querstand disc which we offered in December of 2007 (12J003) is no longer available. Tempos are faster here too: three minutes in the concerto and four in the variations. Markus Becker (piano), North German Radio Philharmonic; Eiji Oue.