ZARA LEVINA (1906-1976): Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2.
Catalogue Number: 02S011
Description: The 1942 No. 1 is a huge, 36-minute Romantic canvas à la Khachaturian and so many other orchestral works by Soviet composers of the war years with power, drama and epic sweep in its outer movements and a gently melancholy slow movement. The single-movement, 19-minute Second, dating from the year before her death (Russian Disc once issued a recording of it by the pianist who premiered it), is subdued in color, intimate and reflective with flashback-like episodes as if the composer is reviewing her long and difficult life journey in quiet introspection. Maria Lettberg (piano), RSO Berlin; Ariane Matiakh.