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A mysterious piano concerto


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Gauk
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« on: March 17, 2013, 10:13:16 pm »

Back in 1979 I found myself one afternoon in a house in Albany NY, turing on the radio, and catching the opening of a piano concerto that was completely unfamiliar. I listened through, wondering what on earth it was. At the end, the announcer came on and named it as Bartok's first piano concerto. Which it wasn't. It would not be the first time that a programme presenter accidentally put on the wrong side of an LP. Question is: what recordings of Bartok's 1st existed in 1979 that had an obscure piece on the other side? Any ideas?

I have only once heard a piece since that sounded like my recollections of that broadcast, and that was one of the Khrennikov concertos, but Google does not reveal any Bartok-Khrennikov coupling.
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 07:55:09 pm »

Interesting! I have a vague recollection of a coupling such as you mention from that time, but the details don't come to mind, and I don't own such a disc. I'll have to give it some thought.

By the way, I was living in Albany, NY, in 1979 also (moving away later that year). I'm pretty sure I can guess which radio station you were listening to.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 09:01:05 pm »

There was an lp coupling about the time of the First Piano Concerto with the Rhapsody for piano and orchestra, his opus 1 which is quite a different Bartok than the one that eventually emerged.

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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 03:19:25 pm »

Aha! Thanks for that suggestion!
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