*** The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.20
Volume 20 of our Romantic Piano Concerto series features Ignaz Brüll's two Piano Concertos and the Andante and Allegro, Op 88. The first of the concertos was amazingly composed when Brüll was just 15, the second when he was 22.
A very well respected pianist, Brüll was noted for his sympathetic insight into the essence of a work, which only a virtuoso who is a creative artist can possess. Colleagues such as Franz Liszt, Anton Rubenstein and Clara Schumann, as well as many critics, regarded him as one of the leading exponents of his craft. As a composer, he stood firmly within the tradition of the conservative, Classical school. In the language of the time, this tradition was described as being 'in the direction of Schumann and Mendelssohn'. Its most distinguishing features were a clear awareness of form based on Classical models, and a measured form of expression which shunned excess and exaggeration.
The Andante and Allegro and First Piano Concerto here receive their first recordings.
'The most enjoyable and successful pair of revivals since Stephen Hough's award-winning resurrection of Sauer's No 1 and Scharwenka's 4th. Life-enhancing minor masterpieces in superb sound and dashing, committed performances' (Classic CD)
'All of the music on this disc is absolutely delightful' (Fanfare)
'This is a welcome discovery or recovery for lovers of Romantic music' (Contemporary Review)
K. Franke in FonoForum 7 / 99: "Martin Roscoe entledigt
sich seiner Aufgabe mit Eleganz und Kraft; da fehlt es
an nichts, und nie kommt der Verdacht auf, daß hier
"nur" für diese Aufnahme studiert wurde. Das gilt
auch für das Orchester und dessen Dirigenten Martyn
Brabbins. Die Veröffentlichung rührt an und erweitert
unsere Kenntnis um einen bemerkenswerten, zurück-
haltenden, stillen, feinen Meister seiner Zeit."