EDUARD KÜNNEKE (1885-1953): Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Flat, Op. 36, Serenade, Zigeunerweisen.

Catalogue Number: 10T002

Label: CPO

Reference: 555 012-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Only the second recording of this concerto: a 1982 recording was reissued on a Koch Schwann CD in 1997. Known almost solely for his operettas, Künneke was a much more broadly accomplished man both in music and out, as the interesting notes tell us. And a 35-minute piano concerto redolent of jazz and swing - “Negro music” as they used to call it - was not the sort of thing to be writing and performing in 1935 in the Third Reich, We don’t even know who played it and when but it deserves better than it got in musical history. Gershwin here, a touch of Rachmaninov there, a smoky habanera-like slow movement, it also has the whiff of film music about it, as if it could have been one of those movie-concertos a la Addinsell. Well, Künneke also wrote film music and, in 1907 while a student of Bruch, he penned the two accompanying works, a ten-minute sequence of four Hungarian-flavored “gypsy pieces” and a six-movement Serenade of 22 minutes straight in the line of this genre as practiced by Mozart to Robert Fuchs. Oliver Triendl (piano), Munich Radio Orchestra; Ernst Theis.

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