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Charles-Marie Widor

Piano Concerto no.1 in F minor op.39 (1876)
i Allegro con fuoco
ii Andante religioso
iii Finale: Allegro

Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre op.62 (1889)
Adagio Animato Allegro moderato Tranquillamente assai Allegro cadenza Andante Adagio Animato Allegro con fuoco

Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor op.77 (1905)
i Allegro con moto e patetico
ii Andante
Tempo deciso Allegro

Martin Yates (conductor)

Martin Roscoe (piano)

Recorded at St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, 17-19 May 2011

After the success of Dutton Epoch's recording of Benjamin Godard's piano concertos, Dutton Epoch's International Series now revives the delightful piano concertos of Charles-Marie Widor, stylishly played by Martin Roscoe. Written during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Widor's piano concertos were performed by several of the finest French pianists of the day, yet for some unaccountable reason have dropped from the repertoire. This is not heavy romantic material but delightfully and colourfully scored music. The First Concerto from 1876 is lyrical, exhibiting an almost Chopinesque pianism. Equally as enchanting is the Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre, which pianist Martin Roscoe treats with his customary singing touch. But this is a varied programme, and in the Second Piano Concerto of 1905 we find Widor essaying music that more closely integrates soloist and orchestra. All in all this is a memorable and many-sided musical journey.

CDLX 7275

Charles-Marie Widor: Piano Concertos - BBC Concert Orchestra, Martin Roscoe & Martin Yates

“Roscoe and Yates are ... flamboyant. Roscoe has ... fun with the music-hall character of the First Concerto’s last movement.”
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone, January 2012

“... for those who are simply attracted by the fascinating novelty of this repertoire ... Dutton offers the fresher and more immediate experience ...”
Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, September 2011

“The performances are everything one could ask for. Martin Roscoe plays vibrantly and idiomatically ... Martin Yates gets a beautiful sound out of the orchestra. The sound engineering is warm and full ...”

“I would recommend this CD to anyone with an interest in Widor or the French piano concertos of this period.”

Dave Saemann, Fanfare, May/June 2012

Product ID CDLX7275
Price: £11.99
USD: $14.91 approx EUR: €13.28
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