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Czerny: Grand Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

Czerny: Grand Concerto

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Czerny

Grand Concerto, Op 214. Grand nocturne brillant, Op 95. Variations de concert sur la Marche des grecs de l'opera 'Le siege di Corinthe' de Rossini, Op 138 Rosemary Tuck pf English Chamber Orchestra / Richard Bonynge Naxos (B) 8 573417 (66' * DDD)

These days we remember Czerny principally as a student and friend of Beethoven and a composer of numerous piano studies. His other music--and there is a lot of it--has rather fallen out of fashion, probably because these days we're suspicious of anything in which profundity blatantly takes a back seat to brilliance of effect. Schumann perhaps summed up matters when he described Czerny as 'most talented of hacks'. The orchestral opening of the Grand nocturne brillant may begin in a highly dramatic mode but it's not long before the pianist takes over with writing of frothy virtuosity and a delight in pure spectacle.

For Czerny's music to work, it needs a pianist who can dispatch such spectacle with ease. …

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