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Unsung Rachmaninovian Piano Concertos


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kyjo
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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2012, 02:59:07 am »

Now that I've thought about it, the PC of Sir Arthur Bliss has its moments of Rachmaninovian heroics, if not being explicitly Rachmaninovian.
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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2013, 06:37:19 am »

And there is Pancho Vladigerov and his 5 piano concerti.
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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2013, 06:55:06 am »

And there is Pancho Vladigerov and his 5 piano concerti.

Indeed, especially PC 1. I still haven't gotten around to listening to his PCs 4 and 5-a situation which I hope to rectify in due time....
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2013, 10:59:18 pm »

Howells' Piano Concerto no. I
Stanford's Piano Concerto no. II
Atterberg's one & Glazunov's 1st (both to an extent).
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« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2013, 09:21:14 am »

I just listened to the Piano Concerto No.3 "Ave Maria" by Alemdar Karamanov and found some similarities with both Tchaikovsky, early Scriabin, and Rachmaninov concerto.  In fact it quotes Tchaikovsky which is somewhat unusual considering the composer died six years ago and had his sound so firmly in tradition.
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« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2013, 07:59:01 pm »

I just listened to the Piano Concerto No.3 "Ave Maria" by Alemdar Karamanov and found some similarities with both Tchaikovsky, early Scriabin, and Rachmaninov concerto.  In fact it quotes Tchaikovsky which is somewhat unusual considering the composer died six years ago and had his sound so firmly in tradition.

Thanks for sharing this-I have that Marco Polo CD in my collection, but it's been ages since I've played it (if I even played it at all)!
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« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2013, 03:20:25 am »

Richard Faith's Piano Concerto 2 (1975) has luscious melodies that I think any fan of Rachmaninov would like. To my knowledge the work has not been commercially recorded, but I heard it via a stereo tape of what I take to be the premiere. Perhaps Karl Miller has a copy of that tape.
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« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2013, 12:04:58 am »

I recently discovered the piano concerto by Anatoly Kos-Anatolsky, which is a real rip-snorting barn-storming bravura piece in the Rachmaninoff style that would really knock audiences for six. Sadly, all the links to it on the web point to the same performance which sounds as if it was recorded in a swimming pool.

Better recording up front now please!
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« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2013, 01:56:32 am »

yes .. its the same recording that appeared on CD in 2004 from Ukraine...on RosTok Records...
probably a boot leg from the LP or master tape...I think its the same one on classical-music-online.net.

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« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2013, 02:00:13 am »

lets not forget Auster, Feinberg, Gasanov, Lemba's 1st, Taktakishvili's 1st, and Zilinskis also
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« Reply #25 on: December 01, 2013, 02:48:13 am »

lets not forget Auster, Feinberg, Gasanov, Lemba's 1st, Taktakishvili's 1st, and Zilinskis also

I know the Feinberg (more influenced by Scriabin than Rach IMO), Lemba, and Taktakishvili PCs, but not the others. Thanks to you and Gauk for the recs!
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« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2013, 02:58:49 am »

In my estimate the PC in B-flat minor of Ilmari Hannikainen (1892-1955, exact contemporary of Honegger!) is a major find:

This work is certainly on par with the Atterberg PC and is its equal in melodic fecundity and passion. There are some impressionistic touches here and there which lighten the atmosphere, bringing to mind the PCs of Selim Palmgren. Unfortunately, Hannikainen was not very prolific and (besides the PC) only left behind an opera, a piano quartet, solo piano works, and a couple film scores. His untimely death was brought about by him drowning in a boating accident, which his compatriot Aarre Merikanto believed to be a suicide. On the evidence of the PC, he was a great loss to the musical world. Sad
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« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2013, 11:39:35 am »

He was 63 when he died, so even if he had lived, he might not have composed much more.
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« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2013, 08:25:13 pm »

Check out the Danzins Piano Concerto No 2 in the Latvian Composers Download section.   Very nice.

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« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2013, 08:31:24 pm »

Check out the Danzins Piano Concerto No 2 in the Latvian Composers Download section.   Very nice.

Cool-thanks for the tip!
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