Czerny/Tuck (piano)/Bonynge/English Chamber Orchestra-Naxos

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Czerny/Tuck (piano)/Bonynge/English Chamber Orchestra-Naxos

Post by Lance » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:38 pm

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Naxos 573254, 69:09, DDD • World Premiere Recordings

ROSEMARY TUCK, piano (Steinway)
English Chamber orchestra
Richard Bonynge, conductor
(Recorded London 17-19 December 2013)

CARL CZERNY (1791-1857)
•Introduction, Variations et Preston finale sur un Thème favori de l'Opéra Norma de Bellini, Op. 281 [17:13]
•Grandes Variations de Bravura sur deux motifs de l'Opéra Fra Diavolo de D.F.E. Auber, Op. 232 [18:20]
•Introduction, Varations et Polacca dans le Style brillant sur la Cavatine favorite "Tu vedrai la sventurata" chantée per M. Rubini dans l'Opéra Il Pirata de Bellini, Op. 160
•Introduction and Variations Brillantes sur le Marche favori de l'Opéra Gli Arabi nelle Gallie de Pacini, Op. 234

"Carl Czerny is remembered as a pupil and friend of Beethoven and the composer of numerous piano studies, but in his lifetime, he was renowned for a prodigious output of brilliant concert works, most of which remain entirely unknown to present-day audiences and performers. Inspired by the most famous and attractive themes fro Bel Canto operas, which were hugely popular in their time and are still performed today, these sets of variations give full rein to the soloist and are a major contribution to the great pianist-composer tradition." —Naxos


I was hugely excited to get this because, [1] I know Rosemary Tuck's art from other recordings, and [2] Richard Bonynge, as is well known, is a bel canto specialist. The English Chamber Orchestra, too, is highly regarded. I've been very happy to see Bonynge enter into this type of repertoire.

This is an highly entertaining disc. I was disappointed in the sound somewhat, except for the last piece listed above, which sounds richer and fuller. The Steinway piano I would have thought to be more forward in its sound, though it sounds as though the soft pedal is depressed most of the time and the balance between piano and orchestra is perhaps a bit more "hallish" than one might want thus losing clarity to some degree. Rosemary Tuck is a superb pianist and seems very much in her element here. Nevertheless, these are world premiere recordings. Anyone who thinks Czerny only wrote piano excercises will do well to look into this disc and many other works that are finding their way to discs.
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Re: Czerny/Tuck (piano)/Bonynge/English Chamber Orchestra-Na

Post by Lance » Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:39 am

Very curious to know ... how many here would buy this issue?
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Re: Czerny/Tuck (piano)/Bonynge/English Chamber Orchestra-Na

Post by barney » Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:57 am

It's Naxos, and therefore presumably $10 or so. I'd snap it up in a heartbeat if I came across it. But I won't order it online. And, as I don't go into record shops (as an alcoholic avoids bars), I may miss out.

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Re: Czerny/Tuck (piano)/Bonynge/English Chamber Orchestra-Na

Post by maestrob » Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:00 pm

AhA! You caught me out! :lol:

It's in my cart for next month's order. Czerny is a fine second-level composer: I'm sure this issue is worth having. Can't wait to hear it......

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