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Czerny * Viotti: Czerny Piano Concerto No 1, Op 214

Magazine article Gramophone

Czerny * Viotti: Czerny Piano Concerto No 1, Op 214

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Czerny * Viotti

Czerny Piano Concerto No 1, Op 214 (a). Concerto for Piano Four Hands, Op 153 (b) Viotti Concerto No 19, Wi19 (c). Concerto No 3 for Violin and Piano, Wi9 (d)

David Boidrini, (b) Elena Pinciaroli pf Rami Musicali Orchestra / (acd) Massimo Belli, (d) Augusto Vismara (b) vn Brilliant Classics (S) (2) 94899 019' * DDD)

This is the third time Czerny's A minor Piano Concerto has appeared in these pages in as many issues, if you count the reissue of Felicja Blumental's 1971 Turnabout recording included in the 40-disc box of Rare Romantic Concertos from Brilliant Classics (see my review on page 87). Harriet Smith did not think much of the recent account with soloist Rosemary Tuck (Naxos, 6/16), advising readers to save their money and wait for a forthcoming Hyperion release from Howard Shelley. Having listened to the present recording (from Brilliant Classics again, but made in 2014) I can only urge readers to heed that advice in this case too.

After the lengthy opening tutti, the soloist enters gingerly before striking a fortissimo octave C natural above the stave. It is rare that the sound of a piano makes me wince--but it did here. …

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