Friday, February 27, 2009

The Romantic Piano Concerto · Vol. 37 · Nápravník & Blumenfeld

The Romantic Piano Concerto · Vol. 37 · Nápravník & Blumenfeld
FLAC | Booklet | 293 MB | 2005

Evgeny Soifertis (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Titov (conductor)

'it's hard to dismiss music that tries so hard to be likeable. Certainly, if you've been collecting the rest of Hyperion's 'Romantic Piano Concerto' series, you'll enjoy this latest addition as well. There are strong notes and typically fine Hyperion engineering' (International Record Review)

'Napravnik's Concerto symphonique throws just about everything into the melting pot, from Verdi's Requiem to Tchaikovsky. The Fantaisie opens arrestingly with a massive rendition of The Volga Boatmen, and if Blumenfeld's Allegro proves slightly less individual, in performances as fiery and impassioned as these, it makes an indelible impact' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Star of the show is pianist Evgeny Soifertis … His bravura style is all there, but some pianissimo playing and tender melodic phrasing, not least in the slow movements, might have lifted the works out of obscurity' (Pianist Magazine)

'Evgeny Soifertis throws it all off in great style and musical intelligence' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Evgeny Soifertis' effervescent, colourful virtuosity never fails to delight' (Classics Today USA)

'Hyperion's recorded sound is excellent, soloist Evgeny Soifertis contributes impeccably manicured playing, and the orchestra performs with immaculate accuracy under Russian maestro Alexander Titov. So if you are interested in exploring the Romantic concerto literature at its most obscure, here's your opportunity' (Fanfare, USA)

Concerto symphonique in A minor, Op 27 Eduard Nápravník (1839-1916)
Allegro de concert in A major, Op 7 Felix Blumenfeld (1863-1931)
Fantaisie russe in B minor, Op 39 Eduard Nápravník



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