Reger & Strauss: Piano Concertos
Marc-André Hamelin / Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CDA 67635 - 0034571176352
The Reger concerto has a formidable reputation—dense, harmonically complex and with far too many notes for the average pianist. Who better then to decipher it than Marc-André Hamelin? In his hands this rarely recorded behemoth reveals both passion and a lyricism so often lost in lesser performances. He is wonderfully partnered by Ilan Volkov and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester who share the pianist’s desire to elucidate an often misunderstood work.
While the Reger concerto comes from the end of his career, the Strauss Burleske is a product of that composer’s prodigious youth. This ebullient work has long been a Hamelin ‘party-piece’, and he plays it with an unmatched brilliance which surely captures the essence of this humorous music and will have the listener on the edge of his seat.
1Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 114I. Allegro moderato17:59
2Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 114II. Largo con gran espressione10:20
3Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 114III. Allegretto con spirito09:08
4Burleske in D Minor19:26