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Ammann, Ravel and Bartók - Piano Concertos

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Catalogue numberBIS-2310 SACD
Release date2020-10-02
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time75:30

When Andreas Haefliger conceived this unusual combination of concertos it was with the aim of putting into perspective three pieces, each a unique and highly expres­sive highlight from the composers’ output. That Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand and Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto fulfilled the requirements was a given: towards the end of his life Bartók wrote his most lyrically expressive concerto while Ravel, inspired by the qualities of the left hand register, wrote a piece full of dark yearning and grotesquely fauvistic dances.

The third work was more of a gamble, being a newly commissioned and not yet written concerto. The risk was a calculated one, however, given the stellar reputation of the composer Dieter Ammann, as well as Haefliger’s personal acquaintance with him. But as Haefliger himself remarks: ‘Little could have prepared me for the exceptional work I was to receive: The Piano Concerto – Gran Toccata. Keeping tradition close by as an ally in the layering of harmony and rhythm, it explodes into futuristic visions in an extremely personal language and, through its kaleidoscopic colours and pianistic virtuosity, reinvents the genre for the 21st century.’ The concerto was premiered at the 2019 BBC Proms, and Andreas Haefliger has since performed it in Boston, Munich and Helsinki, where the present recording was made. On all three occasions, he has been partnered by Susanna Mälkki, chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra which lends Haefliger eminent support in all three works.
 
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  Composer: Ammann, Dieter
  The Piano Concerto (Gran Toccata) 31:18
01 Molto ritmico 10:51 $ 2.60 USD
02 Bar 272 07:59 $ 1.92 USD
03 Upbeat to bar 445 12:28 $ 2.99 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
  Concerto for the Left Hand 19:04
04 Lento 08:26 $ 2.02 USD
05 Fig. 14 04:39 $ 1.12 USD
06 Fig. 46 05:59 $ 1.44 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bartók, Béla
  Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 25:05
07 I. Allegretto 07:23 $ 1.77 USD
08 II. Adagio religioso 10:33 $ 2.53 USD
09 III. Allegro vivace 07:09 $ 1.72 USD
 
  Album total 75:30
PianoHaefliger, Andreas
OrchestraHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorMälkki, Susanna
ComposerAmmann, Dieter
Bartók, Béla
Ravel, Maurice

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