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« Reply #3480 on: May 09, 2022, 10:52:24 pm »

Reger: Piano Concerto    Marc-André Hamelin (piano) Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Ilan Volkov    Hyperion

One of my favourite piano concertos. I love the huge,steely sounds that come out of Reger's orchestration. The piano sounds majestic. There are some thunderous sounds coming out of the orchestra at times and the keyboard playing seems to glitter in the faster sections. It's not the most tuneful Piano concerto admittedly, (Brief Encounter wouldn't have been quite the same with this one! ;D) but as far as everything else goes it's got just about everything I want in a piano concerto. I remember getting the Serkin recording out of the library when I was a youngster & being bored stiff by it! It didn't help that the recording sounded so dry & cramped. This Piano Concerto cries out for the kind of digital recording quality that you get on this Hyperion cd. The Cpo recording is another example.

Last,but definitely not least! The cd also includes  Richard Strauss' Burleske in D minor. A lovely,tuneful,life enhancing,piece that never outstay's it's welcome! I love it! It's like the best champagne! Not that much champagne comes my way! :( (I have to use my imagination here!) If you find some of Strauss' later tone poems a bit full of themselves at times,this is the perfect antidote! It also makes for a lovely contrast after the strenuous demands of the Reger! An excellent choice,Hyperion!
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