- The Romantic Piano Concertos.
I listened again this morning to the “Burleske”, a composition by Richard Strauss for piano and orchestra. Perhaps it is the amazing difficulty of the piece that results in its rare performances. Personally, I think it is great.
Strauss’ Burleske is a product of that composer’s youth. This wonderful work has long been a specialty of pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, and he plays it with an unmatched brilliance, which surely captures the essence of this humorous music.
The Max Reger concerto on this same CD also has a formidable reputation – harmonically complex and with far too many notes for the average pianist. Who better then to decipher it than Marc-André Hamelin? In his hands this rarely recorded concerto reveals both passion and a lyricism so often lost in lesser performances.
Here are the full titles of these two pieces:
- Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 114
- Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85
The International Record Review wrote:
“One of Hamelin’s greatest virtues…is his uncanny and apparently effortless ability, in music of this sort, to bring focus to the main lines – and to do so not by playing down the secondary elements but by making sure that they all contribute, harmonically and especially rhythmically…for all the searing virtuosity, this performance [of the Strauss] is even more notable for its fireworks… with the orchestra … exceptionally adroit.”
Tags: Max Reger, Richard Strauss, “Burleske”, piano concerto in F minor, Op. 114