CARL CZERNY (1791-1857): Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Introduction, Variations and Rondo on Weber’s Hunting Chorus from the opera “Euryanthe” for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 60 (World Premiere Recordings), Introduzione e Rondo Brillant in B Flat for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 233.

Catalogue Number: 12T007

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.573688

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: The 20-year-old Czerny was completely under the spell of Beethoven when he wrote his first piano concerto in 1811-12. It’s Emperor in size - 40 minutes - and its brief adagio slow movement leaks into the finale like in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. That finale, though, is a rollicking hunting genre-piece with plenty of action for the four horns the score calls for (and who have so much to do in the outer movements that the traycard lists the principal horn player too), finishing off the first piano concerto we’ve found that sounds as much like Beethoven as Ries’ symphonies do. And the 24-minute Euryanthe piece from 1824, also a first recording, is in Czerny’s best bravura style. Rosemary Tuck (piano), English Chamber Orchestra; Richard Bonynge.

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