Magazine article Gramophone

Schulhoff: Schulhoff Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra Op 43

Magazine article Gramophone

Schulhoff: Schulhoff Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra Op 43

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Schulhoff

Schulhoff Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra, Op 43 (a). Concerto doppio (b). Concerto for String Quartet and Wind Ensemble (c)

Beethoven Rondo a capriccio, 'Rage Over a Lost Penny', Op 129 (arr Schulhoff)

(ab) Frank-Immo Zichner pf (b) Jaques Zoon fl (c) Leipzig Quartet; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester / Roland Kluttig

Capriccio [F] C5197 (67' * DDD)

Here are three substantial concertos from the pen of the Czech-Jewish composer Ervin Schulhoff (1894-1942), the earliest being the second (though not labelled as such) of his piano concertos. Composed in 1923, it's an exuberantly inventive, bewitchingly colourful and often affectingly tender creation in three linked parts, brimful of cocky personality and culminating in a veritable knees-up of a finale featuring a battery of percussion. Jazz plays a prominent role in this riotous movement, as it does in the memorably bluesy central section of the finale of the scarcely less appealing Concerto doppio for flute, piano, string orchestra and two horns. Conceived in 1927 for the French virtuoso Rene Le Roy, it's a bustling concerto grosso stylistically akin to contemporaries such as Hindemith and Martinu, and wears an altogether more approachable demeanour than the Concerto for string quartet and wind ensemble that Schulhoff composed in 1930. …

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