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ERNST KRENEK: COMPLETE PIANO CONCERTOS, VOLUME ONE

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“A witty and mercurial masterpiece. Electric performances, all.” The Sunday Times

 

“The orchestra is impeccably drilled throughout: it sounds like they play these works as regularly as they would the accompaniments to a Beethoven Concerto. Unhesitatingly, and most enthusiastically, recommended.” Fanfare (Colin Clarke)

 

“Korzhev is just as clear and communicative in this concerto as he is in the easeful Op. 18 – listen to how well he articulates the central Quasi cadenza – and the ESO play with thrilling focus and trenchancy throughout.” MusicWeb International

 

“Korzhev, who previously has recorded selections from the composer’s solo piano music, proves to be a dedicated and capable guide in this rare repertoire. Conductor Woods (to whom we are indebted for recordings of the symphonies of Hans Gál) is equally proficient, and the English Symphony Orchestra gives no indication that this is not music they have lived with for years.” Fanfare (Philip Scott)

 

“What is probably most important, however, is that all three of the concertos on this album are easily accommodating to the inquisitive and attentive listener. Toccata Classics seems to make the case that listening to Krenek should be a journey of discovery; and, from that point of view, both Korzhev and Woods are excellent “guides” for those who commit to making that journey”The Examiner

 

“I cannot imagine finer performances of Ernst Krenek’s piano concertos than these from Mikhail Korzhev with the English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods” The Classical Reviewer

 

“The playing can never be faulted for accuracy or balance. Ken Woods leads vibrant readings” Classical CD Reviews

 

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The piano concertos of Ernst Krenek (1900–91) are major contributions to the twentieth-century repertoire, comparable to those of Bartók, Prokofiev, Schoenberg and Shostakovich, but astonishingly two of them have never had commercial recordings – an omission this series seeks to redress. Piano Concertos Nos. 1–3, written between 1923 and 1946, show Krenek throwing off the constraints of tonality in favour of a freewheeling, individual use of twelve-tone technique, brimming with colour and often animated with a keen sense of wit.

“A witty and mercurial masterpiece. Electric performances, all.” The Sunday Times

 

“The orchestra is impeccably drilled throughout: it sounds like they play these works as regularly as they would the accompaniments to a Beethoven Concerto. Unhesitatingly, and most enthusiastically, recommended.” Fanfare (Colin Clarke)

 

“Korzhev is just as clear and communicative in this concerto as he is in the easeful Op. 18 – listen to how well he articulates the central Quasi cadenza – and the ESO play with thrilling focus and trenchancy throughout.” MusicWeb International

 

“Korzhev, who previously has recorded selections from the composer’s solo piano music, proves to be a dedicated and capable guide in this rare repertoire. Conductor Woods (to whom we are indebted for recordings of the symphonies of Hans Gál) is equally proficient, and the English Symphony Orchestra gives no indication that this is not music they have lived with for years.” Fanfare (Philip Scott)

 

“What is probably most important, however, is that all three of the concertos on this album are easily accommodating to the inquisitive and attentive listener. Toccata Classics seems to make the case that listening to Krenek should be a journey of discovery; and, from that point of view, both Korzhev and Woods are excellent “guides” for those who commit to making that journey”The Examiner

 

“I cannot imagine finer performances of Ernst Krenek’s piano concertos than these from Mikhail Korzhev with the English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods” The Classical Reviewer

 

“The playing can never be faulted for accuracy or balance. Ken Woods leads vibrant readings” Classical CD Reviews

 

 

Mikhail Korzhev
English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods

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Catalogue No: TOCC0323
EAN/UPC: 5060113443236
Release Date: 01.03.2016
Composer: Ernst Krenek
Artists: English Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Woods, Mikhail Korzhev

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